NEW YORK - In the second home meet of the season, the track & field teams took on some of the nations best during the Columbia East-West Challenge.
Along with some local club runners and participants from unattached schools, the Lions welcomed Oregon, UCLA, Connecticut, Penn, Harvard and Cornell to the NYC Armory.
The women's side saw impressive performances across the board, as Anna Williams was a third place finisher in the triple jump at 12.25m (40-2.25) and Devon Towell put up a PR in the 800m at 2:10.08 for fifth.
The men had two of the top finishers in the 1K run in Robert Napolitano and Sam Ritz. After both runners came back from the DMR on the first night of competition, Napolitano claimed second in the 1K at 2:24.23 and Ritz was third in 2:24.99.
Rookie Willie Hall was another runner-up for Columbia, going 1:52.79 in the 800m run.
In the triple jump, rookie Daniel Igbokwe put forth a school record effort, when he took sixth place at 15.02m (49-3.5). Igbokwe unseated Cie-Jai Brown's mark from 2000 of 14.93m.
Brian Zabilski and Ryan Thomas both impressed in the 3K run, taking first and second place in the first heat. Zabilski finished seventh overall in a personal best of 8:09.28, while Thomas was eighth in his first collegiate 3K at 8:10.06.
Columbia will be back in action next weekend at the Armory Invitational, Feb. 3-4.