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Columbia Track and Field BIO
Sam Ritz
Player Profile:
Sam Ritz 2278766
Position: Middle Distance
Year: Junior
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
High School: Germantown Academy
Major: Philosophy

Two-Time Ivy League Champion, 4x800m Relay
2015 Ivy League Cross Country Champion (Top-5 Columbia Finisher)
2017 NCAA East Prelim Qualifier, 1,500m

2016-17: Qualified for the NCAA East Prelims in the 1,500m run, posting a career best 3:45.63 during the West Point Twilight Meet, matching his time from the Florida Relays ... Moved on to the semifinal round in the 1,500m at the East Prelims with a 3:50.90 for sixth in his heat ... Part of the 4x800m Relay team that took the tape at Outdoor Heps in 7:27.10 ... Also on the Indoor Heps 4x800m Relay team that won in 7:32.88 ... Ran a season best 800m at the Ocean State Invitational in 1:52.77.

2015-16: Helped Columbia to an Ivy League Cross Country Championship, taking 28th as the fifth Lion finisher over the five-mile race in 25:27.7 ... Ran a season best 800m at the Virginia Challenge in 1:50.43 ... Part of the school record breaking 4x800m relay team at the Penn Relays that finished in 7:20.41.

Personal: Ritz comes to Columbia with personal bests of 1:50.72 in the 800m, 2:27.28 in the 1000m, 3:47.85 in the 1500m, 4:08.67 in the 1600m, and 9:17.33 in the 3200m ... Finished third in the mile at the 2015 New Balance Indoor High School Nationals.

Career Bests

800m - 1:50.43
Virginia Challenge - April 22, 2016
1,500m - 3:45.63
Virginia Challenge - April 21, 2017