NEW YORK – The Columbia track & field teams combined for nine victories at the Ocean State Invitational and the Metropolitan Championships this weekend.
On Friday in Providence, Rhode Island, the middle distance and distance crew impressed during the Ocean State Invitational, hosted by Providence College.
In her first 3,000m steeplechase of the season, former All-American Nell Crosby was victorious in the event. The senior was untested by the field in 10:14.10, which neared her school record time of 10:02.02.
The women’s team also received a runner-up finish by Bianca Alonzo in the 800m, who clocked a personal best of 2:08.20, while Sarah Hardie took third in the 1 Mile at 4:44.32, just ahead of Libby Kokes who was sixth in 4:48.80.
The men were led by Sam Ritz, who went 4:03.45 in the 1 Mile which was good enough to take the tape. In the 800m, Jackson Storey claimed fourth in 1:50.89, and was tailed by Josiah Langstaff in fifth at 1:51.07.
During Saturday’s Metropolitan Championships hosted by Rutgers, the Lions impressed on both the track and the field, combining to win seven events. Both the men and women claimed fifth place overall and scored 172 points each.
A pair of wins came from Daniel Igbokwe and Robert O’Brien on the field side for the men. Igbokwe took the triple jump in 15.18m (49-9.75), while O’Brien cleared 4.85m (15-11) in the pole vault for first.
Columbia was able to double-up in the men’s 400m hurdles, as Andrew Petersen was fourth in 57.41, and Jemal Vaunado took fifth in 57.66. Other points came from Jack Pihlkar taking fifth and seventh in the discus and shot put, Logan McDaniel and Ian Reinicke going 5-6 in the long jump, and Hunter Hasley scoring a sixth place finish in the hammer throw.
Maryam Hassan was able to give the women 20 points on the day, taking home titles in the long jump and triple jump. The sophomore impressed with a triple jump effort of 12.26m (40-2.75) and a long jump of 6.02m (19-9).
Two more wins on the women’s side came from Brittney Raffo, who was able to clear 3.31m (10-10.25) in the pole vault, and Grace Campbell, who got over 1.60m (5-3) in the high jump.
In the 100m hurdles, Columbia finished 1-2-3, as Bianca Joseph took the tape in 14.08, Carlita Taylor was the runner-up in 14.33, and Simone Kirton claimed third in 14.59. The women also had a top performer in the 800m, as McKenzie Sup was second in 2:14.57, and took home a pair of third place finishes behind Sydney Petersen in the 400m (56.76), and Cameron Downey in the discus.
Next weekend, the Lions head to the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, and the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton.