TERRA HAUTE, Ind. - Columbia's Henna Rustami, Brian Zabilski and Kenny Vasbinder wrapped up the cross country season today at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Along with the NCAAs, the Columbia men also were the champions at the IC4A/ECAC Championships.
Rustami ran first, taking off in the women's 6K run at 11 am. The senior went 21:23.0 for 189th place in the 250-person field, ending her season on a high note at the NCAA Championships.
"Henna competed well and today's race was a great way for her to end her collegiate cross country career," said Columbia Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Daniel Ireland.
On the men's side, sophomore Brian Zabilski took 124th place at 31:04.4 with first-year Kenny Vasbinder close behind in 127th at 31:05.4. The two underclassmen impressed, as both runners took part in their first NCAA Championship.
"We were very pleased with how both Brian and Kenny raced today," said Ireland. "For both to finish in the top half of the field as a sophomore and a freshman is tremendous."
The Lions also took part in the IC4A/ECAC Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx, with the men's team earning their third consecutive title at the event.