HANOVER, N.H. - In the second of two meets over the weekend, the Columbia track & field team posted seven victories in a tri-meet against Dartmouth and Yale.
Competing with a pair of Ivy League schools at Levorne Fieldhouse in Hanover, New Hampshire, the women’s team put up six first place finishes en route to a second place finish with 55 points.
Doubling-up for a pair of wins was rookie Terri Turner. The Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, native took the tape in the 500m run at 1:14.99, then helped the 4x800m relay team with McKenzie Sup, Katie Wasserman, and Sarah Macdonald to a first place finish in 9:20.68.
The women’s 4x400m relay squad was victorious behind Sydney Petersen, Akua Obeng-Akrofi, Carlita Taylor, and Sydney Groom, who went 3:49.66. Obeng-Akrofi also was second in the 200m on the day in 24.87, while Taylor took fourth in the 400m at 59.02, and fourth in the 60m Hurdles in 9.20 seconds.
Another win came from first-year Grace Campbell, who cleared 1.71m (5-7.25) in the high jump, which was the fourth best mark in school history. Alexis Turley-Young was first in the long jump, beating out second-place Maryam Hassan, with a 5.61m (18-5) effort, with another top placing for Turley-Young came in the 60m Hurdles where she was third at 8.79 seconds.
First-Year Betty Jackson had a hand in a pair of top finishes, claiming first place in the 400m at 58.41, while finishing fourth in the 200m at 25.62. Another pair of top finishes came from Bianca Joseph, who was second in the 60m Hurdles at 8.76, and third in the 60m dash in 7.92 seconds.
The men were led by Robert O’Brien, who has found his form early in this season in the pole vault. The junior broke his own indoor school record in the event, besting the competition with a 5.05m (16-6.75) clear.
In the 500m, rookie Vasilis Kopanas took home a second place finish at 1:06.30, narrowly edging Willie Hall, who was fourth in 1:06.68. Columbia tripled-up in the weight throw, with Jack Pihlkar, Hunter Hasley, and Noah Johnson going 2-3-4, led by Pihlkar’s 16.60m (54-50.5) throw.
Other top performances from the men included Tyler Italiano taking second in the 3,000m run at 8:38.66, Jackson Storey going third in the 800m at 1:56.11, and Jacob Caswell finishing fourth in the 1,000m at 2:29.79.
The day before during the NYC Gotham Cup at the Ocean Breeze Track & Field Complex in Staten Island, the men’s distance runners impressed during a trio of top finishes. Dylan Tarpey took the tape in the 1 Mile, clocking a 4:15.73, just ahead of Kenny Vasbinder who was second in 4:15.89. Tal Braude came close to a victory in the 3,000m run, taking second at 8:37.29. The women’s squad was highlighted by a fourth place finish from Simone Kirton in the 60m Hurdles, when she crossed the line in 9.00 seconds.
Up next, the Lions will host the Columbia Challenge, which takes place on Friday and Saturday of next weekend at the NYC Armory.