NEW YORK – Robert O'Brien put forth a school record effort in the pole vault and the Lions won a total of five events in a tri-meet with Dartmouth and Yale today at the NYC Armory.
O’Brien highlighted the men’s team, setting an indoor school record on the afternoon. The sophomore cleared 5.00m in the pole vault, matching a collegiate best from his freshman year during the outdoor season. The indoor record tops a 4.80m effort from Jason Marks in 2011 and O’Brien, as the Los Angeles native cleared that mark a week ago at the Great Dane Classic.
The men also had a first-place performance from Willie Hall, when the rookie went 1:54.22 in the 800m during his first collegiate meet.
The women’s team recorded three first-place finishes on the day, including a first and a second from Akua Obeng-Akrofi. The junior won the 200m dash in 24.57, before coming within .02 of a PR in the 60m dash for second at 7.54.
Senior Devon Towell clocked the fourth fastest time in school history when she won the 1,000m run, taking the tape in a personal record 2:49.31.
Anna Williams was the other winner for the women, hitting the pit at 12.32m (40-5) for first place in the triple jump. Another Columbia jumper also impressed, as Maryam Hassan leaped out to 5.62m for second in the long jump, improving on last week’s 5.02m effort.
Columbia will return to its home track next weekend, when the Lions host the Columbia East-West Invitational, Friday and Saturday, January 27-28.