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Connor Claflin ran anchor on Columbia's 4x800 relay team (7:25.47) that set new meet and Armory records.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Steven Ryan

Men's Relay Teams, Neer Highlight Track & Field's Second Day At New Balance Collegiate Invitational

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 02/04/2012
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NEW YORK -- The Columbia track & field team enjoyed another day of strong performances on Saturday, the second day of the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at The Armory.

"Today was a huge step forward for us," Columbia Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Willy Wood said. "We had an incredible day against many of the nation's top athletes. We are making amazing progress."

Two of the Lions men's relay teams stood out on Saturday, taking first place in their respective events.  The Columbia 4x800m squad of Brendon Fish, Harry McFann, Liam Tansey and Connor Claflin set new meet and Armory records when they clocked an astonishing 7:25.47. That time is also the fastest time in the Ivy League this season.

The Columbia men's 4x400m group of Kevin Boyd, Cody Love, Billy Kovalczyk and Sam Miner won the New York race with a time of 3:17.14. That time was among the fastest in school history and the best in the league this season.

First-year Waverly Neer didn't wait long to break Columbia's women's indoor mile record. Her sixth-place time of 4:41.92 set the new school record and was the second-fastest time among Ivy League runners this season.

In the men's one mile championship, Adam Behnke recorded  the second-fastest time in Columbia history and the best time in the Ivy League this season with a 4:03.43. He took fourth in the race.

Nico Composto had a strong showing in the men's 3,000m championship race, finishing fifth and posting a time of 8:09.80, which is the fourth-fastest time in the Ivy League this year.

First-year Nadia Eke took 11 in the women's triple jump championship with a leap of 12:35m. Eke currently has the best mark in the Ivy League this season after she posted a 12.58m at last week's Indoor Metropolitan Championships.

Waverly Neer | CA/S. Ryan  

Some of the Lions' brightest stars will be back at The Armory on Feb. 11 to compete in the prestiguous Millrose Games. Entries include Kyle Merber in the NYRR Wannamaker Mile, the group of Connor Claflin, Harry McFann, Cody Love and Kevin Boyd in the Metropolitan College 4x400m Relay and the squad of Kyra Caldwell, Miata Morlu, Yamira Bell and Uju Ofoche in the Gotham Cup Metropolitan College 4x400m Relay.

(Nico Composto in the Men's 3,000m Championship | Columbia Athletics/Mike McLaughlin)

Notable Performances from DAY 2 of the New Balance Collegiate Invitational:

 

  Men

Pole Vault  
11 Jason Marks 4.70m
     
  3,000m College  
13 Steve Iglehart 8:25.07
     
  1 Mile College  
9 Evan Tsembelis 4:09.72
     
  800m Championship  
28 Brendan Donley 1:56.35
33 Brendan O'Loughlin 1:56.66
     
  Weight Throw  
22 Duncan Dickerson 16.20m
     
  3,000m Championship  
5 Nico Composto 8:09.80
     
  4x400 Relay New York  
1 Kevin Boyd, Cody Love 3:17.14
  Billy Kovalczyk, Sam Miner  
     
  4x800m Relay Championship  
Brendon Fish, Harry McFann,  7:25.47C 
  Liam Tansey, Connor Claflin  
     
   1 Mile Championship  
 4  Adam Behnke 4:03.43 

(Nadia Eke in the Women's Triple Jump Championship | Columbia Athletics/Mike McLaughlin)

  Women  
  Weight Throw  
48 Nnenna Okwara 15.22m
     
  200m Championship  
35 Marvellous Iheukwumere 24.64
     
  High Jump Championship  
11 Monique Roberts J1.75m
     
Triple Jump Championship  
11 Nadia Eke 12.35m
     
3,000m Championship  
8 Clare Buck 9:41.84
     
  Women's 1 Mile Championship  
6 Waverly Neer 4:41.92

FRIDAY, DAY 1 RECAP
Columbia's best showings came in the women's 5,000m championship and the men's 1,000m championship.

In the women's 5,000m championship, Caroline McDonough finished third with a time of 16:26.62 and teammate Emily Lanois took fourth, clocking in at 16:33.63. McDonough's time was good for the seventh-fastest time in the nation, the second-fastest time in the Ivy League this year and second-fastest time in Columbia history. Lanois notched the 12th-best time in the nation, fourth-best in the Ivy League and third-best in school history.

Mavellous Iheukwumere set a new Columbia record when she ran the 60m dash in a time of 7.56 seconds.

Harry McFann ran the third-fastest 500m in Columbia history when he finished ninth with a time of 1:03.76.

In the men's 1,000m championship, Liam Tansey placed third, clocking in at 2:25.70. Brandon Fish took eighth with a time of 2:26.79.

For more on DAY 1, go here.

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