PHILADELPHIA - A pair of college division titles went to the Columbia track & field team during this weekend's Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Sophomore Maryam Hassan was victorious in the triple jump on Friday, before the 4x800m relay team crossed the line in first place on Saturday.
Hassan leaped out to 12.49m (40-11.75) in the triple, putting up a season best and nearing her personal best from her rookie campaign. The Cresskill, New Jersey, native is now securely in the top-48 in the East Region with that effort, which was just enough to best Indiana's Leah Moran in second at 12.46m. Hassan, who finished third at Outdoor Heps in 2017, now has the second best mark in the Ivy League this season.
The other college division title went to the 4x800m relay team, comprised of Annie Fanta, Libby Kokes, McKenzie Sup, and Jillian Murray. The Lions were tight with Princeton through the first two legs, with splits of 2:11.04 for Fanta and 2:13.67 for Kokes, who handed off the baton to Sup just 0.14 seconds ahead of the Tiger team. The Columbia senior split a 2:13.67, which was almost three seconds better than Princeton's third runner, before Jillian Murray ripped off a 2:09.54 anchor leg, which would have been over a second better than her personal best in the open 800m, to give the Lions the win.
The women also had an impressive performance in the 4x400m relay on Saturday, with a 3:38.70 from Iman Sule, Terri Turner, Sydney Petersen, and Akua Obeng-Akrofi lifting the Lions to a seventh place finish. That time was good enough for the third best effor in program history for the mile relay.
Other top performances for the women included Grace Campbell clearing an outdoor best 1.67m (5-5.75) in the high jump to tie for fourth, and the distance medley team of Katie Wasserman, Carlita Taylor, Murry, and Fanta taking second in the college division on Thursday.
During Friday's men's DMR, the Columbia quartet was able to clock the fourth best time in program history, behind Sam Ritz, Jackson Storey, Josiah Langstaff, and Spencer Haik. With a 9:42.39, the Lions claimed seventh in the college division.
On Saturday, the men's 4x800m relay team took ninth with Brian McGovern, Storey, Ritz, and Langstaff, at 7:27.37. In the field events, Robert O'Brien cleared a season best 5.05m (16-6.75) in the pole vault, while Jack Pihlkar recorded a personal best in the hammer throw at 55.69m (182-8) for 10th.
During Sunday's Yale Springtime Invitational, eight different events were won by the Lions, in what is the final meet prior to the 2018 Outdoor Heps at Penn.
The men recorded a win in the 800m from Solomon Rice at 1:55.84, before going 1-2 in the 5,000m run behind Dominic Dyer and Brandon Marquez. The other victory on the men's side came when Hunter Hasley was first in the discus at 46.22m (151-7.75), while Jack Pihlkar (55.95m/183-6.75) and Troy Martig (43.59m/143-0.25) also put up personal bests in the hammer throw and javelin, respectively, for second place.
A total of five different women's events on the track went to the Lions. In the sprints, Shalon Conley was victorious in the 100m at 12.26, while Aminat Iriafen won the 200m in 25.51. The 800m went to Sydney Groom in 2:15.52, while Simone Kirton won the 100m hurdles in 14.87. The Lions also had a winner in the 3,000m steeplechase, when Hana Sun crossed the line first in 12:03.49.