NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With a combined four individual titles and several All-Ivy League performances, the Columbia track & field team capped a solid final day of the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Sunday, May 11. The men’s team returned to Yale’s Cuyler Field & Dweyr Track to come away with a strong mid-distance showing to place sixth overall with 61 points. The women’s team collected a pair of Ivy League titles to place fourth overall with 88 points.
THE COLUMBIA WOMEN
Marvellous Iheukwumere captured the Lions first championship of the day defending her title in the 200m. For the second consecutive season, Iheukwumere came away with the victory in a time of 24.04. The senior capped her Ivy League career with fourth outdoor Ivy League sprints titles in two seasons.
On the field, Nadia Eke earned her second career Ivy League outdoor triple jump title. Eke posted a first-place leap of 12.92m to become the Ivy League’s top triple jumper this season, having won the outdoor and indoor crown.
In the 5,000m run, Waverly Neer began the afternoon with a solid runner-up finish for the Lions. Neer clocked in with a time of 16:40.50 to earn second team All-Ivy League honors. Caroline Williams also placed fifth in the event with a time of 16:56.28. Neer went on add a fourth-place finish in the 3,000m run with a time of 9:23.45.
Trina Bills also capped her Ivy League career with a second-place finish in the 800m. Bills ran a time of 2:07.46 to earn second team All-Ivy League honors in her senior season.
THE COLUMBIA MEN
In the 800m, Harrison McFann earned his second career Ivy League title in a deep field of Columbia competitors. McFann finished with a time of 1:48.73 to edge teammate Brendon Fish, who finished with a runner-up time of 1:48.90. Robert Napolitano added another top-five finish for the Lions with a fifth-place time of 1:50.16.
In the 1500m, John Gregorek entered Sunday’s final as the top seed after an overall first-place prelims time of 3:47.20. Gregorerk went on to post a runner-up finish in a extemely close finish. The senior clocked in just .01 seconds behind the first-place runner with a time of 3:46.24.
Napolitano, Gregorek, Fish and Mcfann came together in the 4x800m relay to give the Lions its fourth Ivy League title in five seasons in the event. The foursome combined for a time of 7:24.11, to give McFann and Fish their third career title and Gregorek his second straight.
Daniel Everett also earned second-team All Ivy League honors with a runner-up finish in the 5,000m run for the second consecutive season. Everett crossed the finish line with a time of 14:29.43, under a second behind the winning time of 14:28.71. Columbia had several runners earn points in the event, including Byron Jones (5th-14:36.91) and Tim Cousins (6th-14:38.39).
On the field, Chancelor Griffin had top-five performance in the triple jump. Griffin earned a fourth-place finish with a personal-best leap of 14.79m.