NEW YORK - Four members of the Columbia track & field teams were race winners over the weekend, as the Lions took part in a trio of meets.
In Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday during the Virginia Quad, Brittney Wade kicked home in 2:07.05 to take the tape in the 800m run. That time was the second best outdoor finish for the school record holder in the event, as Wade went 2:06.17 a season ago. Not far behind in the heat was Sarah Hardie, who claimed third in 2:08.20.
The women also impressed in the 1,500m run at Virginia, when Libby Kokes took second in 4:26.67, followed by Devon Towell in third at 4:27.91. In the sprints, Aminat Iriafen clocked Columbia's fifth fastest time in school history when she went third in the 100m at 12.25.
Spencer Haik put up a strong finish for the men's team at UVA, clocking a 3:48.69 to edge Virginia's Zach Herriott (3:48.81) for first place in the 1,500m. The time for the junior was a personal best, knocking off his 3:49.38 from a season ago.
Willie Hall turned in a strong outing during the 800m, when he ran a personal best 1:51.15 for second, giving chase to Virginia's Henry Wynne who was first in 1:51.00. Brian McGovern also put up an outdoor personal best, going 1:52.64 for fourth.
The men also had a strong day from Noah Lartigue, who was third in the 200m at 22.11, and fourth in the 400m at 49.22.
Nell Crosby was a winner during the Sam Howell Invitational, hosted by Princeton. On Friday's portion of the meet, the junior held off Syracuse's Sydney Leiher on the final lap to take the 3,000m steeplechase. Crosby, who ran the race for the first time in her career, clocked a 10:25.50 for the fifth best time in Columbia history, holding off a charging Leiher in 10:25.54.
Matching Crosby's win with one of her own was Akua Obeng-Akrofi, who blazed a 24.02 in the 200m dash to take the tape.
The other weekend meet that saw a competitor from Columbia was the Tiger Track Classic, hosted by Auburn. Anna Williams was the lone Lion competing, as she claimed third in the triple jump at 12.38m (40'7.5").