PHILADELPHIA – The Columbia track & field teams combined to win sevens events during the first outdoor meet of the spring today at the Penn Challenge. In the team scoring, the women were second with 91 points, while the men finished third with 86.
The women impressed by going 1-2 in both the 100m dash and the 3,000m run. Akua Obeng-Akrofi took the tape in the 100m dash at 12.08, ahead of second place Aminat Iriafen at 12.31. Katie Wasserman claimed the 3,000m title in 9:53.18, edging Annie Fanta in second at 9:55.89, while rookie Allie Hays was fourth in 9:59.38.
Obeng-Akrofi went on to anchor the 4x400m relay team to victory in 3:55.90, being joined by Sydney Petersen, Terri Turner, and Iman Sule. The fourth victory for the women came from Grace Campbell, who won the high jump with a clear of 1.65m (5-5).
The Lions doubled-up in the 100m hurdles with Simone Kirton taking third in 14.67 and Carlita Taylor finishing fifth in 15.06. A trio of fourth place performances came when Sydney Petersen ran 57.33 in the 400m, Jillian Murray went 2:16.02 in the 800m, and Caitlin Cole leaped out to 10.01m (32-10) in the triple jump.
A pair of first-years were able to win an event for the men, who were joined by a junior jumper who was victorious.
Rookie Jackson Storey bested the field in the 800m, running 1:53.71 for the win. In the long jump, his classmate Logan McDaniel was first with a leap of 7.19m (23’7), which was the fifth best effort in school history. Another jumper claimed a title when Ian Reinicke won the triple at 13.26m (43-6).
First-year Brock Thompson scored in a pair of events, going 22.83 in the 200m run for third, and taking fourth in the 100m at 11.32.
The Lions also impressed in other field events, with Robert O’Brien taking third in the pole vault at 4.90m (16-1), Jack Pihlkar finishing fourth in the hammer throw at 52.20m (171-3), and Hunter Hasley claiming fifth in the discus at 46.19m (151-6.5).
Columbia is back in action next weekend with four meets on the schedule, including the Colonial Relays, the Florida Relays, the Stanford Invitational, and the Raleigh Relays.