NEW YORK – On Friday, Feb. 14, the Columbia men’s and women’s track & field team rolled in the wins on Valentine’s Day in the Lafayette Rider Winter Games at the New York Armory. The Lions combined for a tally of 12 total wins on the day in the 15-plus team field.
The men’s team collected five wins, highlighted by a dominant performance in the 800m run invitational. Harrison McFann led the way with a first-place time of 1:49.57. Brendon Fish finished a step behind in second place at 1:49.63, Denzel Woode took fourth place at 1:53.06 and Sime Miner followed in fifth place at 1:53.58.
In the one mile invitational, Daniel Everett led four Columbia top-10 finishes with a first-place time of 4:02.16. The senior was followed by Daniel Nestor (4:08.46, third), Rob Napolitano (4:09.03, fourth) and Alex Freemantle (4:11.86, fifth) in the event.
Columbia men’s team finished with wins in the 5000m college run and the 4x400m relay. Ben Eversole grabbed the victory in the 5000m run at 14:29.68, beating out teammates Jack Boyle (14:32.64, third) and Dustin Wilson (14:33.67, fourth).
The women’s team tallied seven wins in the meet with Marvellous Iheukwumere leading the way with a pair of victories in the 60m and 200m dash invitational. Iheukwumere took the 60m with a time of 7.61 and the 200m with a time of 24.02. Ashley Cunningham also posted solid showings in those events with a third-place time of 7.71 in the 60m and fourth-place time of 24.83 in the 200m.
In the 800m invitational, Trina Bills led three Lions who finished in the top five with a winning time of 2:09.72. Bills edged teammate Brittney Wade who finished runner-up at 2:11.20 and Sarah Burke who took fourth place at 2:15.30.
The Lions were big in the 3000m invitational with five top finishers, including Waverly Neer (9:26.49, first), Caroline Williams (9:33.16, third), Leila Mantila (9:50.53, fifth), Henna Tustimi (9:57.30) and Natalie Tanner (9:58.48, seventh).
Olivia Sadler added a victory in the 1000m invitational with a time of 2:48.95 and the Lions combined for a winning time of 3:48.53 in the 4x400m relay.
In the field, Nadia Eke led a 1-2-3 sweep in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 12.77. Anne Willimas placed second at 12:03m and Sonaike placed third at 11.83m. Madelyn Magee also added a solid performance in the high jump with a runner-up finish clearing 1.65m.
On Saturday Feb. 15, John Gregorek represented Columbia in the prestigious Wannamker Milet at the NYRR Millrose ames Gregorek clocked in with a time 4:04.70 to finish 10th overall.
The Lions will tune-up at one last meet on the road next weekend before they head to Ivy League Championships. Up next, Columbia will compete in the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 22.