NEW ORLEANS – A total of six women from the Columbia track & field team earned seven All-American honors for their efforts at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, announced today by the USTFCCCA.
Seniors Sarah Hardie and Akua Obeng-Akrofi earned second team All-American recognition, while Nell Crosby and the 4x400m relay team of Obeng-Akrofi, Sydney Petersen, Iman Sule, and Terri Turner were honorable mention All-Americans.
Hardie’s final collegiate run was a school record, as she clocked a 4:15.24 in the first round of the Finals at Eugene in the 1,500m run. The senior was able to best Devon Martin’s 1990 effort of 4:18.04, helping her to 14th place overall. This is the second All-American honor of the year for Hardie, who advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championship in the 1 Mile. She will end her career a nine-time Ivy League Champion and a 12-time All-Ivy League performer.
Obeng-Akrofi impressed in the 400m run on her way to Eugene, clocking a school record 51.82 during the NCAA East Prelims to book her first trip to the NCAA Finals. She again ran one of her top times of the season in Eugene at 52.66 but was unable to get out of the heats to take 14th place overall. The senior went on to help the 4x400m relay team, the first in Columbia school history to qualify for an NCAA Final, take 19th place in 3:38.62, earning her second All-American nod of the season. She ends her career with five outdoor Columbia program records.
A year after picking up second team All-American honors with a 16th place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase, Nell Crosby returned to Eugene to take 17th place. The senior, who started her athletics career on the lacrosse team at Columbia, improved her school record in the event by close to eight seconds, going as low as 9:54.55 this season. Crosby won her first individual Ivy Heps title this season in the steeple, going along with first team All-Ivy cross country honors from the fall, and a DMR title alongside Hardie, Betty Jackson, and Bianca Alonzo at Indoor Heps.
Petersen, Sule, and Turner all made their first career appearances at the NCAA Track & Field Championships this spring. Along with Obeng-Akrofi during the East Prelims, the quartet clocked the second best time in school history at 3:35.89 to grab the final qualifying spot in Eugene. Last weekend, the four scored a 19th place finish to earn honorable mention All-American recognition.