STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - In the first of two weekend meets, the Columbia track & field teams put up multiple PR's during the Fastrack National Invite at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island on Friday.
The Lions followed up the Friday meet with a few relays during the 110th Millrose Games at the NYC Armory
The men got a top performance from Daniel Igbokwe, who improved on his school record in the triple jump. The first-year leaped out to 15.12m (49-7.25) to win the event, while classmate Jacob Veerapen took fourth in 14.30m (46-11).
Another PR for the men came from Josiah Langstaff, who was the runner-up in the 800m at 1:50.87.
A pair of Lions impressed in the 1 Mile, as Brian Zabilski went 4:05.87 in just his second indoor mile of his career, for third place. Zabilski was one place ahead of Sam Ritz, who finished in 4:06.33.
Other impressive performances for the men included Jack Boyle taking fifth in the 3,000m run for a PR of 8:14.10, Johain Ounadjela claiming seventh in that same race at 8:15.69, and Robert O'Brien finishing seventh in the pole vault at 4.65m.
The women's team had a first place effort from Abby McLaughlin in the 5,000m run, when the rookie went 16:54.38 for the win. The run for McLaughlin was one of many PR's at the distance events for Columbia, as the 3,000m run saw Natalie Tanner take fifth in 9:23.41, followed by Nell Crosby in sixth at 9:28.55.
Other top finishes included Akua Obeng-Akrofi taking fourth in the 200m at 24.46, Anna Williams going for third in the long jump at 5.69m (18-8), and Abigail Sharkey finishing sixth in the pole vault at 3.60m (11-9.75).
Robert Napolitano ran twice for the men during the Millrose Games, clocking a 3:45.44 during the 1500m En Route Elite for fifth, before going 4:03.56 in the 1 Mile Elite for sixth.
The Lion men also put up a 9:45.84 in the DMR, as Brian Zabilski, Langstaff, Alek Sauer and Ryan Thomas finished in third, matching the place from the 4x400m relay of Noah Lartigue, Willie Hall, Abdoulaye Diallo and Johanan Sowah, that went 3:20.38.
Saturday featured one women's race for Columbia at the Millrose Games, when Sydney Petersen, Wade, Iman Sule and Obeng-Akrofi were the runners-up in the 4x400m relay at 3:45.07.
Columbia will take a break this upcoming weekend before hosting the 2017 Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships at the NYC Armory, Feb. 25-26.