A comprehensive look at travel for the student-athletes at Dartmouth.
While travel is a major component of every Dartmouth team’s season, the time spent on the road and the accommodations athletes receive differs among teams.
Aside from the Maribel Sanchez Souther Invitational that Dartmouth hosted, men’s and women’s cross country travel for the remaining regular season meets in 2017. Due to the fact that the men race 8-kilometer or 10-kilometer courses and the women run 5-kilometer or 6-kilometer courses, runners need time between meets to recover.
Depending on how far the meet is from Hanover, the cross-country teams leave campus the day of, the day before or multiple days in advance. Most of the 2017 meets were held on the East Coast, but both teams traveled to Kentucky for NCAA meets. This required a longer time for travel.
“It’s not always ideal to spend the entire day traveling to get somewhere far away and then run…so if it’s really far away, we might budget two days for travel and either go half-way the first day and half-way the second day or all the way the first day and be a little bit rested and have like a day to recover before our competition the third day,” Ben Szuhaj ’19 said.
When the team travels early to away games, the Big Green spends the extra night or nights in hotels, according to Szuhaj. Sometimes, the night before a race, the team has dinner with alumni and coaches, sponsored by the school.
For swimming and diving, the frequency, length and amount of traveling depends on the season. This season, the Big Green traveled five times compared to the four times it traveled in the 2016-17 season.
“For the dual meets for the most part we go down either the day before or on that day,” Jack Cardwell ’18 said.
Some of the mid-season meets are spread out over three days because of the multitude of various swimming and diving events. Therefore, the team leaves a day before the meet starts and come back the day the meet ends. Arriving on site early before the meet helps the team transition smoothly into the meet.
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