Taylor DuPont is one of 14 Crimson student-athletes scheduled to compete at New Mexico Saturday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard indoor track and field team will head west this weekend, visiting the University of New Mexico to compete in the Lobo Collegiate Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday.
Over 700 athletes from 21 colleges and universities will be in attendance at the Lobo Collegiate invitational, comprising the largest one-day meet New Mexico has ever hosted. Schools in attendance will include: Arizona, CSU Northridge, CSU Fullerton, CSU Los Angeles, Fresno State, Grand Canyon, Harvard, Houston, Incarnate Word, New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands, New Mexico State, New Mexico Junior College, Portland State, Sam Houston State, San Francisco State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas, UTEP, Wayland Baptist and Western Texas Junior College.
Competition begins Saturday at 11 a.m. EST (9 a.m. local) with the women's weight throw and men's and women's high jump. Running events get underway at 12 p.m. EST (10 a.m. local) with the men's 3,000 meter run.
Harvard, the only team from the East Coast set to compete in Albuquerque, is slated to have 12 women and two men in action. Senior Ben Glauser, coming off a meet-record performance in the weight throw at the Beantown Challenge (18.77m, 61-7.0), will compete with teammate Josh Whitener in that event. Glauser will also compete in the shot put. Harvard's women will compete in a number of sprint and field events through the day. Sophomore Nikki Okwelogu, who eclipsed her own school record in the shot put (16.09m, 52-9.5) at Gordon Track last weekend, leads the charge for the women.
Saturday's Lobo Collegiate Invitational is the lone meet the Crimson will compete in outside New England this winter. Three of Harvard's final five meets will be home events at Gordon Track, including the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships from February 28 – March 1. Harvard's remaining two away meets will both be hosted by Boston University with January 30's Terrier Invite the next competition on the schedule.