NEW YORK - Columbia senior Robert Napolitano was victorious among 54 runners in the 1500m at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, highlighting the track & field team in one of three weekend meets.
The Lions additionally set some of the top times in school history at both the Stanford Invitational and the Colonial Relays
For Napolitano, a personal best 3:43.50 in the first of four timed finals helped him to edge Florida's Jack Guyton, who was second in that heat at 3:43.63.
The men also had a strong outing in the 800m during the Florida meet, behind Alek Sauer and Josiah Langstaff. Sauer went 1:48.95 for 13th place and the second fastest time in his career, while Langstaff put up a career best 1:50.43 for 28th.
On the women's side, Akua Obeng-Akrofi impressed in her first outdoor 400m of the season, going 53.36 for 10th place and the second best time in her career. Brittney Wade and Sarah Hardie impressed in the 800m run, with Wade taking 15th in 2:09.97, and Hardie going 2:10.49 for 19th.
In Palo Alto, California, the distance crew set three of the fastest times in school history in the 5,000m run.
During the men's race, Ryan Thomas was able to win his heat in 14:00.56 to clock the third fastest time in school history. Henna Rustami and Natalie Tanner ran in different heats of the women's race, but Rustami's 15:59.79 put her third in the record books, while Tanner's 16:04.65 gave her Columbia's fourth best time.
Columbia and the rest of the field fought off some tough weather in Williamsburg, Virginia during the Colonial Relays.
The women had an impressive performance in the 3,000m steeplechase from Erin Melly, who claimed third place in 10:33.56. Columbia also scored points from Aminat Iriafen, who took sixth in the 200m at 25.22.