PHILADELPHIA - An Ivy League record and a school record fell on day one of the Penn Relays, when the Columbia women took the track in Philadelphia.
Sarah Hardie, Akua Obeng-Akrofi, Brittney Wade and Henna Rustami combined to clock an 11:02.32 in the distance medley relay for fifth place and a conference record. The previous best for the Columbia women came in 2013, when the Lions went 11:07.68, also at the Penn Relays.
Hardie opened the 1,200m leg in 3:24.73, handing off to Obeng-Akrofi who blazed a 52.93 second 400m. Wade was next, going 2:07.69 in the 800m, before Rustami kicked in a 4:36.98 split in the 1-Mile leg. Columbia was edged by Indiana in fourth by .07, while Villanova, Penn State, and Notre Dame were the top three teams.
The men had a strong showing in the distance medley relay on Friday, behind Spencer Haik, Johanan Sowah, Alek Sauer and Robert Napolitano, when the Lions placed sixth in a school record 9:34.92. Haik started the 1,200m in 3:00.81, followed by a 48.69 split by Sowah in the 400m. Sauer clocked a 1:48.25 800m leg, before Napolitano posted the best 1-Mile split in the field at 3:57.19.
The 4x800m relay took the stage for Columbia on Saturday, with the men's team placing eighth.
Sauer and Napolitano bounced back from the DMR the day before to run the third and fourth legs, after Josiah Langstaff led off and handed the baton to Willie Hall. Langstaff gave the Lions a 1:51.80 split, before Hall went 1:52.30. Sauer's split was 1:51.11, while Napolitano ran a 1:49.32 to give the team a 7:24.52 finish.