STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Columbia track & field teams had a successful first outing during the Metro Season Opener, posting nine victories at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.
Three men combined two win four events, while five different women won an event for the Lions.
Winning a pair of events for the men was Daniel Igbokwe, who was strong in his first action this winter. The sophomore went 15.08m in the triple jump on his third attempt to take the title, while his 6.73m long jump barely bested teammate Ian Reinicke, who was second in 6.57m. Reinicke also impressed in the triple jump, taking third in 13.67m.
The Lions also impressed in the pole vault, as Robert O’Brien won the event in 4.80m, while Michael Kelly claimed second in 4.00m. Rounding out the field events, Hunter Hasley’s second best effort of his career in the shot put gave him a second place finish at 13.14m, while Noah Johnson was third and Jack Pihlkar was fifth. In the weight throw, it was Pihlkar in second at 15.81m, topping Johnson’s fifth place finish in 13.97m.
The women received a first place and a runner-up finish from Aminat Iriafen. The senior took the tape in the 200m at 25.07, while she was narrowly beaten by teammate Akua Obeng-Akrofi in the 60m, as a 7.70 from Obeng-Akrofi topped Iriafen’s 7.71 as the seniors went 1-2.
In the long jump, Alexis Turley-Young went home with a title, leaping 5.55m, before taking fourth in the 60m Hurdles at 8.86. It was Bianca Joseph who was second in the hurdles, going 8.81 in the finals after clocking a career best 8.73 in the prelims, while rookie Simone Kirton claimed third in the same race at 8.85.
The pole vault went to Abigail Sharkey, who cleared 3.70m in the opener to earn the title. Another win came from Maryam Hassan in the triple jump at 11.64m, while Caitlin Cole was second in the triple at 10.65m. Also leaping to a top finish was Grace Campbell, who was second in her first collegiate meet after clearing 1.65m in the high jump.