STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Columbia track & field teams put up impressive results at the first indoor meet of the season, the Metro Season Opener in Staten Island.
In total, the Columbia men won four events on the day, while the women walked away with seven top finishes.
In the prelims of the 60m dash, Obeng-Akrofi crossed the line in a personal best 7.65 seconds. The junior went on to take the tape at 7.70 in the finals, with teammate Aminat Iriafen on her heels in seventh at 7.97.
Obeng-Akrofi also impressed in the 500m, clocking a personal best 1:14.77 for first place. The women enjoyed a third place finish from Iman Sule in the 500m at 1:18.79, with Ceili Tuttle in fourth at 1:19.65 and Jordann Feinstein taking sixth in 1:20.58.
Aside from the two championship runs by Obeng-Akrofi, the women also had four other individuals pick up first place finishes.
Jillian Murray was the winner in the 1,000m run, taking the tape in 2:56.35, with McKenzie Sup in second at 3:00.06. Brittney Wade won the 1 Mile run in 5:01.34, while Bianca Alonzo was the runner-up in 5:03.47. Sarah Hardie impressed in the 3,000m run with a first place finish at 9:55.52, right ahead of second place Devon Towell in 9:59.87. Abigail Sharkey rounded out the top finishers, winning the pole vault in 3.45m.
Other highlights from the women included Alexis Turley-Young becoming victorious in her first collegiate race as the runner-up in the 60m hurdles in 8.84 seconds, Sydney Petersen setting a personal record in the 200m at 25.17 for second, and Anna Williams finishing second in both the long jump and triple jump. The women’s team also picked up a victory in the 4x800m relay on the day.
For Igbokwe, his first collegiate meet was a success, winning both the men’s long jump and triple jump events. The first-year leaped out to 6.62m for a long jump title, before going 14.23m in the triple jump.
Along with Igbokwe, Ian Reinicke was a fifth place finisher in the triple jump at 13.10m, as he went on to take 11th in the 60m run and 12th in the long jump.
The Columbia men also had a championship run from sophomore Alec Sauer in the 1 Mile, as he took the tape in 4:13.94. Sauer narrowly bested a pair of teammates, as Alexander Freemantle took third in 4:23.53, and Josiah Langstaff was fourth in 4:24.38.
Noah Lartugue was a third place finisher in the 500m run at 1:05.63, after taking eighth in the 200m at 22.93, right behind Troy Martig’s sixth place run of 22.86. In the relay events, the men claimed first and second place in the 4x800m run.
The Lions will be back in action at the Ocean Breeze Complex in Staten Island on Jan. 13 for the Gotham Cup.