Track & Field Concludes Busy Weekend With Solid Performances

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Larry Ellis Final Results

On Friday, April 18, a number of Lions kicked-off the two-day 2014 Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium to continued the weekend. The men’s and women’s team competed in four distance events for some solid opening day performances.

In heat four of the men’s 800m run on Friday, Rob Napolitano crossed the line first with a time of 1:52.58. With over 70-plus runners in the event, Napolitano’s time would stand 22nd best overall. Daniel Nestor also posted a 22nd-place overall finish in the men’s 1500m run with a time of 3:49.61.

On Saturday, Corey Hammond had a solid performance in the men’s 400m hurdles behind a time of 53.31 that stood for third-best overall. In the men’s 800m, Johanan Soowah grabbed a 13th-place finish with a time of 1:55.42. The Lions posted a pair of top-20 finishers in the men’s 400m with a 17th place from Noah Lartigue at 49.21 and Kevin Boyd in 18th place at 49.42.  Lartigue and Boyd went on to join teammates Ronald Busby and Connor Claflin in the 4x800m relay. The foursome combined for a fourth-place time of 3:16.33.

On Friday, Aryn Foland put together a solid race in the women’s 1500m for the Lions. Foland clocked in fourth in the second heat with a time of 4:30.57 for 11th-place overall in the event. Henna Rustami joined Foland in the top-20 with a 19th-place time of 4:35.71. In a field 73 runners, Brittany Wade finished seventh in her heat of the women’s 800m run with a time of 2:12.40 for 23rd-place overall.

Emma Giantisco had a big Saturday in the women’s 800m run. Giantisco finished with a time of 2:12.35 to finish runner-up in a field of 38 participants. Maura Mckendrick added a top-20 finish for Columbia in the women’s 200m with a 14th-place time of 25.31.

TOM JONES MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL

The women’s team travelled several Lions to the sunshine state to compete in the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida on Saturday, April 19.

Iris Chijioke lined-up in the women’s 100m hurdles for Columbia in the blue division. In the preliminaries, the sophomore posted a nintih-place time of 14.43 to move on to the finals heat. Chijioke went on the finish eighth overall with a time of 14.28.

In the 400m, Jaycee Parker grabbed a top-20 finish behind a 14th-place time of 55.62. Ashley Cunningham added a 12th-place finish at 12.06 in the 100m dash for the Lions.

On the field, Nadia Eke was impressive with a leap of 12.60m in the triple jump for a third-place finish. Columbia posted three jumpers in the top-10, including Anna Williams (seventh place, 11.93m) and Addie Sonaike (eighth place, 11.78m).

The Lions will be back in action next weekend at the Penn Relays on Thursday, April  24 – Saturday, April 26.

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