STATEN ISLAND – In the first meet of the 2018 calendar year for the Columbia track & field team, the Lions put up several top finishes at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.
The men’s team had its best finish from Daniel Igbokwe, who jumped out to 14.77m (48-5.5) in the triple jump to take third place.
In the weight throw, Hunter Hasley expanded his career best effort, taking seventh place with a 16.09m (52-9.5) effort on his final throw for seventh place. One spot behind the sophomore was rookie Jack Pihlkar, who popped off six throws over 15 meters, including a 15.74m (51-7.75) best.
Alexis Turley-Young had a standout day for the women in a pair of events. The sophomore claimed fourth place in the long jump at 5.73m (18-9.75), which was the seventh best effort in school history, and just ahead of classmate Maryam Hassan, who was sixth at 5.59m (18-4.25). Turley-Young was also 15th in the 60m Hurdles, clocking an 8.92.
Akua Obeng-Akrofi found her form from a season ago in the 500m, as the senior finished third in 1:12.90, which was a mere one-hundredth of a second off her PR. Iman Sule claimed eighth in the event at 1:17.33, while Betty Jackson was ninth at 1:17.56.
Columbia has a pair of meets on the schedule for next weekend, with the Gotham Cup taking place on Friday, Jan. 19 back at Ocean Breeze, and a Saturday tri-meet with Dartmouth and Yale taking place in Hanover, New Hampshire.