NEW YORK - Robert Napolitano took the tape in the 800m run at the Ocean State Invitational, as the Columbia track & field teams participated in a meet in Rhode Island, as well as the Metropolitano Championships, hosted by Rutgers.
The senior held off Brown's Zachery Emrich in the home stretch to win the race in 1:49.57. The time for Napolitano was a personal best, unseating his 1:49.73 from his sophomore season. In the same race, Sam Ritz finished seventh, clocking a 1:52.77 along the way.
At the same meet hosted by Providence, the women's team had a trio of top finishers in the 1 Mile run. Erin Melly led way in third at 5:03.41, followed by Fiona Danieu in fifth at 5:08.09 and Erin Gregoire in seventh at 5:09.84. Libby Kokes was another top finisher for the women, taking eighth in the 800m at 2:15.40.
At the Mets Championships, the women had a pair of top finishes from rookie Maryam Hassan. In the triple jump, Hassan put up a personal best of 12.15m (39-10.5) for second, while her long jump of 18-1.75 placed her sixth. The Lions got points from another triple jumper, as Caitlin Cole claimed sixth at 11.57m (37-11.5).
Alexis Turley-Young also impressed for the women, finishing third in the 100m hurdles at 14.63. Other top finishes included a pair from Aminat Iriafen, who was fifth in the 100m at 12.48, and seventh in the 200m at 25.59.
The men were led by Ian Reinicke at the Mets, when the sophomore went 23-10 in the long jump, which was the third best mark in school history, and earned him a third place finish. Jacob Veerapen also shined in the jumps with a fifth place effort in the triple at 47-3 (14.40m).
Noah Lartigue gave Columbia a pair of top finishes when he claimed seventh in the 200m at 22.75, before taking eighth in the 100m at 11.26. The Lions also had a sixth place effort by Hunter Hasley in the shot put, going 41-5.75.