NEW YORK – Columbia senior Sarah Hardie has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 1 Mile run, announced today by the NCAA.

Texas A&M plays host to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships, which take place from March 9-10 at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.

Hardie is coming off of two first-place performances during last weekend’s Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships. The Eastport, New York, native won her fourth-straight 1,000m run title at Ivy Heps on Sunday, before anchoring the distance medley relay team to a win. She now has accumulated eight Ivy League Championships and is a 10-time All-Ivy performer, to go along with a Cross Country conference title this past fall.

“Sarah has had a great indoor track season so far,” said the Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Daniel Ireland. “Coming into this year she had set some pretty big goals for herself and qualifying for the Indoor NCAA Track & Field Championships was one of the biggest ones. We are very excited that her hard work and desire has made this possible and really look forward to seeing what she can do against the best female college milers in the country.”

Hardie becomes the first Columbia woman to qualify for the Indoor NCAAs in the 1 Mile, as she posted a school record to get into the field of 16. At the UCS Invitational on Feb. 16, Hardie ran 4:40.69 on a flat track to get a conversion time of 4:37.94, giving her the 14th best time in the field. The week before, Hardie set a school record in the mile at 4:39.11, unseating Erin Gillingham’s 4:40.72 from 2013.

The 1 Mile school record for Hardie was the fourth that she has to her name, as she also owns the Indoor 1K record (2:44.85), and contributed to the Outdoor 4x800m record from 2016 (8:34.23), and Outdoor DMR record from 2017 (11:02.32).