Big Green Gets Set to Host 44th Annual Dartmouth Relays

Hanover — The Dartmouth Relays, one of the oldest continuing indoor track meets in the Northeast, gets under way this afternoon at Leverone Field House.

The 44th annual edition runs through Sunday, featuring high school, college and club teams, as well as a Masters division across the three days.

The Dartmouth men and women will square off with competitors representing teams from all over New England as both programs look to defend titles won last January.

Hundreds of high school athletes from all across the state and region will open the competition today at 3 p.m., with the field events and continue through tomorrow evening with a healthy dose of events on the track.

For the high school milers, tomorrow afternoon’s two races (3:25 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.) will also feature an added bonus for the winners. The champion of both the boys and girls race will automatically qualify for a spot at the Invitational High School Miles at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on Feb. 2.

The New Balance event is the city’s largest annual track event and features some of the top track athletes from around the world.

A change in the schedule from previous years has the Masters races taking place tomorrow and Sunday. However, the first day of competition for those in this division features just the men’s and women’s weight throw, while Sunday morning will have a more complete schedule of events.

Early Sunday morning will also see the start of the collegiate and open races.

The preliminary rounds and semifinals of track events will get the final day of the weekend started early Sunday before the finals and distance events take place in the afternoon. The field events will get started for the college competitors mid-morning with the shot put and pole vault set for 11 a.m. starts.

The popular Grafton County 1-Lapper that allows local children to run the track inside Leverone is scheduled for a 12:25 p.m. start time.