NEW YORK – The Columbia track & field teams impressed at the NYC Armory during the Dr. Sander Invitational and Columbia Challenge this weekend.
The Lions put up a number of top finishes over the two days against some tough competition.
On day one, Josiah Langstaff was victorious in the 1,000m run in the lone Columbia victory on the day. The junior clocked the seventh fastest time in school history, crossing the line in 2:23.53, which was 1.4 seconds better than his nearest competitor. The men also had a top result from rookie Jonathan Lauer in the 3,000m run, when he claimed third place in 8:35.09.
The women posted a trio of top-five finishes Friday, led by senior Sydney Petersen, who was the runner-up in the 500m at 1:14.48. In the 1,000m run, Katie Wasserman finished third in 2:55.11, while Sarah Macdonald took fifth in 2:55.79.
During the second day, a school record fell in the triple jump, as Daniel Igbokwe had his best outing of the season. On his third attempt, the sophomore jumped out to 15.53m, topping his previous indoor school record of 15.17m, and taking second place along the way.
Another highlight came from Robert O’Brien, who finished sixth in the pole vault after clearing 5.00m (16-4.75).
A pair of meets are on the schedule next weekend, as Columbia competes in the Metropolitan Championships and the Villanova Invitational, which both take place at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.