BOSTON – The Columbia track & field team posted season bests on the track during the IC4A/ECAC Indoor Championships, this weekend in Boston.
In total, the women’s team claimed a fifth place finish in the team standings with 33.25 points, while the men were 14th with 17 points.
Akua Obeng-Akrofi was victorious in her final indoor 400m run. The senior led the field after the prelims with a 53.42, which was almost a second better than her nearest competitor. Obeng-Akrofi clocked a 53.39 in the finals to take the tape, which also bested teammate Iman Sule, who was seventh with an indoor PR of 55.33.
The women also had a pair of career bests behind Terri Turner and Erin Gregoire. In the 1 Mile, Gregoire made the final, clocking a 4:51.37, which was almost four-seconds better than her previous best. Turner went 2:10.67 in the 800m, which is the 10th fastest indoor 800m in program history.
Turner went on to help the women’s DMR team to a second place finish at 11:36.84, with help from Bianca Alonzo, McKenzie Sup, and Libby Kokes. It was not the only women’s relay team to score, as the 4x400m relay team of Sydney Petersen, Carlita Taylor, Betty Jackson, and Sydney Groom claimed fifth in 3:46.31.
Off the track, the women’s team scored points in three different field events. Alexis Turley-Young went 5.71m (18-8.75) for third in the long jump, Maryam Hassan posted a 11.83m (38-9.75) triple jump for sixth, and Grace Campbell tied for eighth place in the high jump at 1.64m (5-4.5).
The men’s team put together a couple of top relay finishes during the final indoor outing of the season. In the DMR, Brian McGovern, Jackson Storey, Josiah Langstaff, and Spencer Haik went 9:46.25 for second. The 4x800m relay team of Jake Tuckerman, Tyler Otterstedt, Solomon Fountain, and Jacob Caswell finished sixth in the final, clocking a 7:34.58.
Caswell also scored points in the 1,000m run, crossing the line in 2:30.09 for fifth. In the pole vault, Robert O’Brien cleared 5.05m, finishing in seventh place.