NEW YORK - In the midst of winter storm Nemo, the Columbia indoor track & field team had some outstanding performances on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Lafayette Rider Winter Games at The Armory. Due to inclement weather the Boston University Valentine Invitational was cancelled, but competition at the Armory continued as scheduled.
The women's team put together a big day led by junior Marvellous Iheukwumere, who continues to have a stellar junior season. Iheukwumere captured two victories at the Invitational taking the women's 60m in 7.63 seconds and the women's 200m championships in 24.76 seconds. Jaycee Parker added a fourth place finish in the 200m coming in at 25.45.
The women's 400m belonged to Sharay Hale who clocked in at 55.75 seconds to get the win. Parker continued her busy day taking third place in a time of 52.04. Trina Bills came up big in the women's 800m with a winning time of 2:10.22 seconds and the Lions posted a 1-2 finish in the women's one mile event with Erin Gillingham and Olivia Sadler. Gillingham took first place at 4:42.24 seconds and Sadler placed a very close second at 4:42.25.
Also on the track, the Columbia quartet of Parker, Susan Rodriguez, Iris Chijoke and Hale combined for a runner-up finish time of 3:53.47 in the women's 4x400m relay. Chijoke also added a solid third place finish in the women's 60m hurdles at 8.85 seconds.
On the men's side, the Lions posted several dominating performances in the mid-distance and distance events. Harrison McFann led a 1-2-3 sweep in the men's 800m championships with the win in 1:50.05 seconds. Brendon Fish followed in second place at 1:50.56 and Connor Claflin took third place at 1:50.62.
Another top-three place finish for Columbia came in the college heat of the men's 5000m. Mike Murphy crossed the line first at 14:09.86 seconds, Jacob Siekno was the runner-up at 14:20.14 and Leighton Spencer finished third at 14:21.63.
In the men's one mile and 3000m events, the Lions placed three runners in the top four finishes. John Gregorek captured the one mile run with a winning time of 4:06.27. Daniel Everett added a third place time of 4:08.90 and Mark Feigen was in fourth place at 4:09.24. The 3000m went to Nico Composto in a time of 8:12.37, followed by Paul Ross in second place at 8:13.26 and Joseph Kotran in fourth place at 8:16.27 respectively.
The relay continues to be a staple for the Lions team with a victory in the men's 4x400m relay on Friday. The foursome of Yelnats Calvin, McFann, Fish and Claflin combined a time of 3:18.59 to grab the win.
In the field events, Columbia nabbed the top three places in the women's triple jump. Nadia Eke won the event with a leap of 12.50m, second place went to QueenDenise Okeke at 11.93m and Addy Sonaike claimed third place at 11.89m.
With a leap of 6.09m in the women's long jump, senior Uju Ofoche grabbed the title. Madelyn Magee joined a three-way tie for first place in the women's high jump as she cleared 1.65m. Duncan Dickerson won the men's weight throw tallying a mark of 16.92m and Chancelor Griffin was a runner-up in the men's triple jump at 13.73m.
Up next, Columbia gears up for the 2013 Indoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in Cambridge, Mass. from Friday, Feb.22 - Sunday, Feb. 24.