NEW YORK – A pair of weekend meets are in the books for the Columbia track & field teams, who competed at the Colonial Relays at William & Mary, and the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton.
At William & Mary, the women were able to claim an eighth place finish in the team standings with many top performances.
Erin Melly had an impressive outing in her first 3,000m steeplechase of the season, taking second place in 10:40.28. She also went on to help the 4x1500m relay to a fifth place finish in 10:04.34 alongside Allie Hays, Katie Wasserman, and Annie Fanta.
In the 100m hurdles, Bianca Joseph finished fifth, running a 14.08 along the way. The senior went on to help the 4x100m relay team finish second, clocking a 49.23 with Shalon Conley, Mimi Bain, and Aminat Iriafen. That same quartet scored in the 4x200m relay, running the fifth fastest time in school history for fifth place in 1:44.76.
The women also had a pair of fourth place performances in two other relays, with Carlita Taylor, Sydney Groom, Betty Jackson, and Jordann Feinstein running 3:55.70 in the 4x400m, and Jillian Murray, Sarah Macdonald, Ferrigine, and Maria Kogan clocking a 9:21.93 in the 4x800m relay.
For the men, a 13th place finish with 28 points was led by a win from the distance medley relay team. Brian McGovern, Jackson Storey, Jacob Caswell and Solomon Fountain took the tape, with Fountain out-kicking Zachary Michon from St. Joe’s for the win.
The men also doubled-up in the 3,000m steeplechase, as Lucky Schreiner took third in 9:14.95, and Jonathan Lauer finished in seventh at 9:22.67. In the Hammer Throw, Jack Pihlkar’s fourth throw netted him a third place finish at 54.74m (179-07), which was the sixth best throw in school history.
Sam Howell Invitational
At Princeton on Friday, the women’s team took home many top-10 finishes.
In the field events, Grace Campbell cleared 1.62m (5-3.75) in the high jump for third place, Maryam Hassan was fourth in the long jump at 5.40m (17-8.75), Alexis Turley-Young was sixth in the long jump at 5.38m (17-8) and Abigail Sharkey took seventh in the pole vault at 3.20m (11-5.75).
On the track, the women picked up a fifth place finish from Terri Turner in the 800m when she crossed the line in 2:12.13. A pair of Lions were first and second in their heat of the 1,500m, led by Emily Digman (4:45.23), and Camila Michaels (4:47.57). Also impressing was Madelyn Sessler with a fourth place run in the 100m hurdles at 15.47, while Turley-Young was fifth in 15.51.
Next weekend, Columbia takes the track at Rutgers for the Metropolitan Championships, and will also participate in the Ocean State Invitational in Providence.