HANOVER, N.H. – Day one of the 2018 Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships is in the books, with both Columbia teams scoring points today from Leverone Field House at Dartmouth.
The action continues tomorrow, with a 9:30 a.m. start for the field events, which is out in front of the 11 a.m. start of the track finals. Coverage can be seen Sunday on both the Ivy League Network and WatchESPN.
Nell Crosby picked up eight points for the women’s team when she earned All-Ivy status in the 3,000m run. The senior clocked a 9:43.86 for second place, matching her output from the 2017 Outdoor Heps 3,000m steeplechase.
The women ended the day with nine total points, as Alexis Turley-Young turned in a sixth place finish in the long jump at 5.80m (19-0.5).
Sunday’s finals will be full of Columbia runners, as many of the women turned in many top times.
Two of the top four times in the 400m run came from the Lions, behind Akua Obeng-Akrofi and Iman Sule. Obeng-Akrofi posted the top time in the section at 54.84, and also has a 200m final on the schedule after claiming sixth in the prelims at 24.60. Sule clocked a 56.89 today in the 400m which was fifth, but is a mere 0.60 off of the second place time.
Another Lion at the top of the leaderboard is Sarah Hardie, who put up the fastest time in the 1,000m today at 2:48.36. The senior will look for her fourth career Heps title in the event tomorrow.
A total of three Lions have a chance to score in the 60m Hurdles, as Turley-Young (sixth/8.73), Bianca Joseph (seventh/8.75), and Simone Kirton (eighth/8.75) all advanced out of the prelims. In the 500m, Terri Turner and Sydney Petersen were both heat winners, with the third and fourth fastest times in the event on the day, while Libby Kokes and Erin Gregoire advanced out of the 1 Mile heats in eighth and ninth. The other finalist from day one on the women’s side is Bianca Alonzo, who posted the fifth fastest 800m time at 2:10.40.
The men earned one point on the first day, with Kenny Vasbinder taking sixth in a tightly-contested 3,000m run at 8:22.78.
Sunday’s first running event will see a Lion in the final, as Sam Ritz was fourth in his prelim heat today at 4:17.06.
Both the 800m and 1,000m have two Columbia men in a final, as some of the top times coming from the Lions. Willie Hall and Josiah Langstaff were both second in their heat of the 800m, with Hall posting the third best time of the day in 1:52.84, and Langstaff entering Sunday with a 1:55.13 to his name. The 1,000m saw returning Indoor Heps Champion Alek Sauer win his heat in 2:26.21, while senior Spencer Haik was another heat-winner at 2:25.62.
Along with the 4x400m relay, 4x800m relay, and Distance Medley Relay, Sunday will have the finals of the 5,000m run, with Tyler Italiano, Brian Zabilski, and Kenny Vasbinder entered on the men’s side, and Samantha Marin and Abby McLaughlin competing for the women.