There was a strange sight today at the ECAC and IC4A Championships at Weaver Stadium in Princeton, N.J. There wasn't just one team with a "Y" on their jerseys.
Yale was certainly representing at the nation's oldest meet, but so was Brigham Young University. It was the first time that the Utah school has participated in the Championships.
Juniors Chase Dalton and Joshua Weirich were participating in the decathlon today while junior Elizabeth Wilson and freshman Sidney Reilly were taking on the heptathletes.
BYU Coach Patrick Shane explained the Championships to his following before the team left. "This is a huge meet," he said. "This is an great opportunity to go head to head against top competition from many Ivy League schools. We are excited to be part of it."
Throughout the 1930s, California teams like Cal, Stanford, Southern Cal and UCLA were frequent attendees at the IC4As, but World War II had an impact on Western attendance. But as late as 1952 Berkeley had individual winners.
But it has been a long time since a school west of the Mississippi River has participated.
Tonight will feature the conclusion of the first day of the multi-events as well as several of the distance finals. Saturday will showcase a bevy of preliminaries as well as a number of field event finals. Sunday will be exclusively finals.