It’s Relays Time At Dartmouth

Hanover — A new indoor track will greet competitors this weekend for the 45th annual Dartmouth Relays at Leverone Field House.

After more than a decade, Leverone’s 200-meter track was resurfaced this past summer as Recaflex sport rubber was installed. The new material is the top-of-the-line technology in surface installation and is designed to minimize injuries and insure the safety of all runners in competition and training by directing the maximum force applied by the athlete in the direction of propulsion, while returning minimal shock to the body.

Hanover-based Weinbel Sports Corporation installed the new material at Leverone. Ken Weinbel, former Dartmouth College track and field head coach and the founder of the Dartmouth Relays four and a half decades ago, started the company that has become one of the world’s foremost experts in track installations.

The Big Green heads up the college events on Sunday, with high school events dominating Friday and Saturday’s action. In addition to the collegians, Sunday will also see several masters events (30-years-old and older) take place.

The meet will begin this morning at 11 a.m., with the men’s pentathlon, a new event added for 2014. High schoolers will then take over that afternoon and dominate the schedule of events through Saturday evening.

The final day will see teams from Boston College, UMass Lowell, Harvard and others compete against Dartmouth. The relays will serve as a critical preparation for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship that will take place in Hanover the first weekend in March.

The Big Green will see recent cross- country All-Americans Will Geoghegan in the 3,000-meters and mile on the final day of competition. Sam Chelenga, a former NCAA champion-turned-professional, will run in the mile, seeking to set a meet record in the event.

The Relays will also highlight a talented group of Dartmouth sprinters and middle-distance runners, including senior Megan Krumpoch and sophomore Edward Wagner.

In two meets early this season, the Big Green have seen strong showings from field athletes as well, most notably from former Lebanon High standout Josh Cyphers in the pole vault and sophomore Kaitlin Whitehorn in the high jump.

A highlight of the event is always the Grafton County 1-lapper, which is tentatively set for 1 p.m. on Sunday and features area youths (up to age 9) getting a chance to run on the track.

Admission each day for the Dartmouth Relays is $8 for adults and $5 for individuals 18 and under.