FAIRFAX, Va. – Just two weeks into its outdoor season, the Columbia track & field team are already showing impressive signs for the year behind a strong performance at the 2014 Mason Spring Invitational on Saturday, April 12. In a field of 20 teams, the Columbia women’s team compiled its first team victory of the season behind a first-place tally of 80 points. The men’s team finished ninth-overall with 42 points, led by some dominating racers in the distance events.
Trina Bills grabbed a victory in the women’s 800m run for the Lions in record style. Bills clocked in with a program-record time of 2:06.74 to surpass her previous record of 2:07.21 for her first win of the outdoor season
Marvellous Iheukwumere posted a personal-record time of 11.68 in the women’s 100m dash for a fourth-place finish in the event. The senior’s time tied for second-best all-time in program history alongside All-American Sharay Hale ’13CC. She also added another top-five finish on the day in the women’s 200m, clocking in with a fifth-place time of 24.38.
In the women’s 100m hurdles, Iris Chijioke finished with a time of 14.15 for fourth-place overall in the finals, besting her time of 14.35 in the preliminary heat.Olivia Sadler was solid in the women’s 1500m run with a fifth-place time of 4:25.37.
On the field, Joanna Koronios grabbed a fifth-place finish in the women’s hammer throw with a measure of 47.16m. She also added eighth-place measure of 37.22m in the women’s discus throw. Anna Williams led a pair of top-10 Columbia finishers in the triple jump with a fourth-best leap of 12.10. Addy Sonaike took sixth-place in the event with a leap of 11.79.
Grace Shadid finished in ninth-place in the women’s pole vault clearing 3.55m, while Brenna Barker finished in 10th-place overall in the women’s high jump clearing 1.60m. Lauren O’Conner rounded out the Lions top-10 field event finishers with a ninth-place mark of 34.77 in the women’s javelin throw.
Harrison McFann also had a record day for Columbia in the men’s 800m run. The senior crossed the line in a program-record time of 1:47.91 to edge the previous record time 1:47.96 set by Jeff Moriarty ‘03CC in 2003. Connor Claflin followed in 11th-place in the event with a time of 1:51.29, along with Denzel Woode who posted a personal-best time of 1:51.41 for 13th-place overall.
The Lions were dominant in the men’s 1500m with six runners earning top-30 finishes in a field of 71. Even more impressive, Columbia placed three of the top-five finishers, including John Gregorek (runner-up, 3:43.05), Daniel Everett (third-place, 3:44.78) and Brendon Fish (fourth-place, 3:45.29).
Corey Hammond added a top-10 finish for the Lions in the men’s 400m hurdles with a sixth-place time of 53.77. He later joined the men’s 4x400m squad of Noah Lartigue, Kevin Boyd and Ronald Busby who combined for a third-place finish at 3:15.75. Out of 57 runners, Boyd also placed 14th overall in the men’s 4000m with a time of 48.52.