HANOVER, N.H. – The Columbia track & field teams combined to win five titles during the 2018 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, hosted by Dartmouth.
Sauer defended his title in the 1,000m run today, clocking a 2:24.38 to hold off Brown’s Zachary Lanigan at the line. The Heps title for Sauer was the fourth of his career.
In the men’s 5,000m, Vasbinder came from behind on the final lap to pass Princeton’s Robert Stone at the line, taking the tape in 14:25.49. This was Vasbinder’s first career Heps title, and comes a day after the sophomore finished sixth in the 3K run.
An Ivy League record fell today from Sarah Hardie, who bested the field by 4.36 seconds in the 1,000m run. The senior becomes a four-time champion in the event after her 2:44.85, which was the first of two championship outings on the day. Hardie also anchored the DMR to a first place finish, alongside Nell Crosby, Betty Jackson, and Bianca Alonzo, who all won their first Heps Indoor titles.
Another victory for the women came from Akua Obeng-Akrofi, as she took the tape in the 400m run. The senior went 54.83 to repeat as the champion in the event, which was one of three she scored in on the day. Obeng-Akrofi claimed third in the 200m, winning her heat in 24.22, and also helped the Lions to a third place finish in the 4x400m relay alongside Sydney Petersen, Terri Turner, and Iman Sule.
The men were also highlighted on the day by a third place finish from Josiah Langstaff in the 800m run at 1:52.77, and a fifth place finish in the mile by Sam Ritz in 4:12.51. The two juniors with Sauer and Willie Hall went on to take second in the 4x800m relay at 7:32.84.
On the women’s side, Turner matched Crosby's 3K outing from Saturday with a second place finish on the day, winning her heat of the 500m run at 1:13.49 to claim All-Ivy status. The same race featured Petersen, who was fourth in 1:14.76. In the triple jump, Maryam Hassan gave Columbia six point with a third place finish in 12.40m (40-8.5). Two other fourth place finishes for the women came from Iman Sule in the 400m at 57.11, and Alonzo in the 800m at 2:10.77.