EUGENE, Ore. – The Columbia track & field season came to a close on Thursday, with a program best four events competing at the 2018 NCAA Track & Field Finals at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
Senior Sarah Hardie smashed a school record in the 1,500m run, while Nell Crosby competed in the 3,000m Steeplechase, and Akua Obeng-Akrofi ran in the 400m before joining Iman Sule, Terri Turner, and Sydney Petersen in the 4x400m relay.
Running in the first of two heats, Hardie improved on a personal best by close to three seconds, but was unable to advance to Saturday’s final of the 1,500m. The senior clocked a 4:15.24, breaking Devon Martin’s 4:18.04 school record from 1990. Hardie finished 10th in her heat, which ended up being the faster one of the two, as she was 14th overall in the field of 24.
Crosby was the next to compete in the 3,000m Steeplechase, taking part in the event in Eugene for the second straight year. Competing in the second of two heats, the senior went 10:09.97, taking 17th place overall. Crosby wraps up her Columbia career as the school record holder in the event, clocking a 9:54.55 from the NCAA East Prelims.
In the 400m, Obeng-Akrofi ran one of her top times of the season, but was unable to advance. The senior crossed the line in 52.66, taking fourth place in the third heat. Obeng-Akrofi finished her Columbia career as the school record holder in the 400m, thanks to a 51.82 at the NCAA East Prelims. She then went on to help Sule, Turner, and Petersen go 3:38.62 in the 4x400m relay, as the quartet took sixth in the third heat. The relay team was the first in program history to compete in an NCAA Final, as Columbia's four events were the most ever that the team has had at the meet.