PRINCETON, N.J. - Brian Zabilski claimed first in the 5,000m run and Keenan Piper was sixth in the 3,000m steeplechase putting the Columbia track & field team in first place after the first day of the IC4A/ECAC Championships.
The two point-scoring races for the Lions put the men ahead of the field with 13 points. Albany sits in second place with 12, while Maryland-Eastern Shore, Yale, and UMass Lowell all have 10. The running events during the Saturday portion of the meet has been rescheduled to Sunday, as weather conditions in Princeton, as heavy rain is expected throughout the day.
Piper got the meet started in the steeplechase, improving on his time from a fourth place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships last weekend. The senior clocked a 9:00.56 for sixth, besting his 9:07.28 from last time out by almost seven seconds.
The women's 3,000m steeplechase followed, with Erin Melly having a similar performance to Piper. Melly went 10:25.59 for third, which upended her personal best of 10:33.56 from this year's Colonial Relays, and gave the women six team points.
Zabilski went next, taking the tape in the 5,000m at 14:10.90. The sophomore needed every bit of his personal best in the event, as Adam Houston from Yale was second in 14:11.12.
A comprehensive schedule of the remaining meet can be found here.
On Thursday, Columbia sent runners to the Army Twilight Meet in hopes of improving their qualifying times for the NCAA East Prelims.
The men came away with two career bests, as sophomore Josiah Langstaff impressed in the 800m, going 1:49.70 for fifth place. Classmate Sam Ritz also was strong in the 1,500m, taking third in a personal best 3:45.63.