PRINCETON, N.J.– In its first tune-up of the outdoor season, the Columbia men’s and women’s track & field team put together some notable showings at the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton on Friday, April 4 – Saturday April 5. The Lions combined for 22 top-five finishers, including victories in three events.
The women’s team picked up two wins in the 200m and 3000m runs. Chelsea Carrick grabbed a victory in the women’s 3000m run clocking in with a time of 10:04.17. Marvellous Iheukwumere led the charge in the women’s 200m with a first-place finish at 24.08. Columbia placed three runners in the top-five with a third-place finish by Jaycee Parker at 24.44 and a fourth-place finish by Ashley Cunningham at 24.54. Parker also had a third-place finish in the women’s 400m run with a time of 55.90.
The Columbia sprinters combined for a solid performance in the women’s 4x100m relay. The foursome of Iris Chijioke, Iheukwumere, Cunningham and Maura McKendrick finished with a runner-up time of 46.76. Chijioke added a third-place finish in the 100m hurdles at 14.47.
Olivia Sadler led the Lions in the women’s 5000m run with a runner-up time of 16:54.41. Aryn Foland took fourth-place in the event with a time of 17:00.19. In the women’s 1500m , the Lions posted three top-10 finishers including Sophia Harrington (6th – 4:49.04), Sarah Burke (7th - 4:51.46) and Christina Firi (9th – 4:52.51).
On the field, Anna Williams took second-place in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.59m. Addy Sonaike picked up a third-place finish in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 11.73m and Brenna Barker cleared 1.65m in the high jump for fourth place overall.
John Gregorek highlighted the men’s dominance in the 5000m run with a first-place time of 14:12.48. Nicolas Composto was a few steps behind in third place at 14:19.83 and Jacob Sienko followed in fourth place at 14:22.67. The Lions also posted solid performances in the men’s 800m run as Harrison Mcfann clocked in with a runner-up time of 1:51.83 and Brendon Fish finished in fourth place at 1:52.13.
Columbia had a number of fourth-place finishers, including Byron Jones in the men’s 1500m run at 3:50.36, Duncan Dickerson in the hammer throw at 57.89m and Chancelor Griffin in the triple jump at 14.27m.
The Lions will be back in action on Saturday, April 12 with a pair of meets in the south, including the Joe Hilton Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. and the Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax,Va.