NEW YORK – The Columbia track & field teams made many changes to the all-time top-10 performance lists over the weekend, competing at the Virginia Challenge and Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invitational.
Obeng-Akrofi claimed a third place finish in the 200m dash, clocking a 23.97, before anchoring the 4x400m relay team to a second place finish. Alongside Iman Sule, Terri Turner, and Sydney Petersen, the Lions quartet were the runners-up in 3:39.74, which was the second best time in program history.
For Hardie, a 2:07.78 in the 800m run was her best effort since her PR of 2:06.68 in this same meet a season ago. Hardie ended up finishing seventh in the 800m, while also putting up a personal best 4:24.29 in the 1,500m run for ninth, which was her first time running the event since her sophomore season.
A pair of runner-up finishes for the women came in the 3,000m Steeplechase and the triple jump.
Nell Crosby was on the heels of breaking her own school record in the steeplechase, taking second place in 10:03.28, just off her 10:02.02 personal best. The women also had a strong outing from Erin Melly in that race, as the senior took 10th in 10:27.05, while Victoria Ingram cracked the Columbia top-10 list with a 10:45.92.
In the triple jump, it was Maryam Hassan who leaped out to 12.34m (40-5.75) to claim a second place finish. Also coming up big for the women in Virginia was Abby McLaughlin, who ran 16:31.96 in the 5,000m for a personal best, and Iman Sule, who took sixth in the 400m in 55.59.
The men’s distance crew proved to be in mid-season form during the Virginia Challenge, which included three top performances in the 5,000m run. Brian Zabilski became just the third Lion to run under 14 minutes in the 5K, clocking a 13:59.18 for eighth place. On his heels was Kenny Vasbinder, who also ran a personal best in 14:01.37 for 11th, while Ryan Thomas was less than four seconds off his personal best in 17th place at 14:04.21.
During the Larry Ellis Invitational, Jacob Caswell took home a fifth place finish in the 800m at 1:54.01, while Jack Pihlkar claimed 10th in the hammer throw at 52.07m (170-10). The women were led by Maria Kogan’s third place run in the 3,000m, while McKenzie Sup took seventh in the 1,500m.