Ofoche Wins Third Long Jump Title; Dickerson Takes Hammer Throw Crown
For the third consecutive year, Uju Ofoche defended her outdoor long jump title. The three-time champion grabbed the victory with an ECAC qualifying leap of 6.03m to take both the indoor and outdoor crowns this season. The senior becomes the first since Cornell’s Jeomi Maduka (2009) to hold the indoor and outdoor Ivy League long jump titles for three seasons. Nadia Eke went on to place third in the event with a leap of 5.89m and QueenDenise Okeke also earned points with a fifth-place finish at 5.82m .
In his best career performance, Duncan Dickerson became the first in program history to capture the Ivy League crown in the men’s outdoor hammer throw on Saturday. With an IC4A qualifying hurl of 58.94m, the junior ended an 11-year Princeton reign in the event.
Joanna Koronios added points in the women's hammer throw with a hurl of 51.46 for fifth place. Many of the Columbia women who competed on Saturday qualified for the Sunday finals in their respective events. Those who advanced include:
COLUMBIA WOMEN ADVANCING TO SUNDAY FINALS
100m Dash – Marvellous Iheukwumere (11.82)* | Video: Heat 2
200m Dash – Marvellous Iheukwumere (23.77)*, Jaycee Parker (24.35), Sharay Hale (24.45) | Video: Heat 1, Heat 2 ,Heat 3
400m Dash – Jaycee Parker (55.01)*, Sharay Hale (55.04) | Video: Heat 2
800m Run – Trina Bills (2:10.35) | Video: Heat 3
1500m Run – Erin Gillingham (4:24.99) | Video: Heat 1
100m Hurdles – Iris Chijoke (14.29) | Video: Heat 1
400m Hurdles – Susan Rodriguez (59.85) | Video: Heat 1
*Career-bestMike Murphy crossed the finish line in third place of the men's 10,000m (Photo Credit: Columbia Athletics/Gene Boyars)
On the men's side, Mike Murphy led the Lions in the 10,000m run with a third place finish at 29:47.25. Columbia placed three runners in the top ten with Nicolas Composto in sixth place at 29:49.30 and Jacob Sienko in seventh place at 29:56.87.
A few Columbia men who competed on Saturday also qualified for the Sunday finals in their respective events. Those who advanced include: