As you undoubtedly know, I think scored competition should be a very important part of college track. With rare exceptions (such as relay-heavy meets like Penn or pro-heavy meets like Mt. SAC), I think all college meets should be scored. And I think dual meets have a special place in all of this.
One thing I think is special about a dual meet is a rivalry. To me, rivalries are the most important part of college sports. I mean, the Rose Bowl is a great spectacle and the Final Four is huge too, but when people talk about must-see things in college sports, they talk about Ohio State versus Michigan, Auburn versus Alabama, Duke versus North Carolina. There’s tradition and history to rivalries, which is something special that sets college sports of every stripe apart from the pros. And there’s that most important thing of all, “sports hate”, loathing your rival with an all-consuming passion.
I’m currently doing some very heavy lifting in terms of research about dual meets, both statistical and historical. One thing I’m working on is identifying the great dual-meet rivalries in college track. I know some of them, but I don’t know all of them.
There are the obvious rivalries, many in the Pac-12 (USC-UCLA, Cal-Stanford, Washington-Washington State, Arizona-Arizona State) and the Ivy League (Harvard-Yale and many others). Army-Navy is a big one, of course. Two modern-day rivalries with a shorter history than you’d think are Lafayette-Lehigh (just 45 editions total between indoor and outdoor) and Ohio State-Michigan (only 40 outdoor editions).
So here’s where I need help. What other dual-meet rivalries are there in track and field?
What I’m looking for is rivalries that are heated and not temporary. If it’s no longer active, that’s OK — Oregon versus Oregon State was a great rivalry. The recent LSU versus Texas A&M dual meet series does not qualify because it has only been going for two years. Big school or small doesn’t matter to me. What matters is if there’s a dual-meet series with both history and hate.
If you have a good one, put it in the comments.