Jan. 17, 2013
Harvard Challenge Schedule
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army track and field will travel to the Harvard Challenge and Multi Meet in Boston, Mass., this weekend for the third consecutive season, but this year’s competition with have a unique format. The past two competitions have pitted a pair of Ivy League teams against a duo of Patriot League teams, but this year will feature a three-way showdown with Army teaming up with Northeastern of the Colonial Athletic Association to face the Ivy League (Harvard and Brown) and a two Division III teams in Williams and MIT.
The weekend’s events begin on Friday afternoon with the men’s pentathlon commencing at 1:30 p.m., followed by the men’s heptathlon at 2:30. The heptathlon will continue Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., while the three-way meet is slated to start at noon with the women’s weight throw. For the full schedule of events, see the attached PDF. The Harvard Challenge will utilize NCAA Scoring procedures (7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 in individual events, and 7, 5, 4 in relays).
This weekend’s meet marks the first time this indoor season that Army will compete away from the friendly confines of Gillis Arena, and also will be the first time the Black Knight multis athletes will get a chance to contend.
At last season’s Harvard Challenge, the Army men recorded a meet-high 67 points to edge the host Crimson by seven, anchored by 29 points from the jumping contingent alone. The women’s distance contingent shined in their competition, as four marks were written into the Academy’s top-10 lists, including a pair in the 3,000-meter run.
Army has had a successful showing so far in 2013 with nine individuals and two relays qualifying for the IC4A Championships on the men’s side, and three individuals and one relay group recording ECAC-qualifying marks for the women. Four Black Knights have collected five Patriot League weekly awards, including back-to-back Women’s Track Athlete of the Week certificates by sophomore Lisa Junta.
Following this weekend’s meet, Army will have one more tune-up before its annual indoor showdown with service academy rival Navy. The Black Knights will travel to The Armory in New York City on Jan. 19, before hosting the Midshipmen on Feb. 3.