Liam Boylan-Pett ’08CC, one of the best male athletes to come out of the Columbia cross country/track & field program in the last decade, rejoined the program as a volunteer assistant coach in the fall of 2010.
Boylan-Pett, a four-time team captain, was a three-time Ivy League champion in the indoor mile (2007, 2008) and the 1500m (2008). He was the first athlete in Columbia history to win an Ivy League title in the indoor mile. He was also the anchor leg of 2007 4x800m relay team that won the Championship of America race at the Penn Relays. That squad was the first Ivy League team to take a title at the Penn Relays since 1974, and remain the only group to have done so in recent years. While running at Columbia, Boylan-Pett set records in both the 800m (1:48.28), the mile (4:04.64), as well as the 1500m (3:42.91), which still stands today. He was also a four-time Academic All-Ivy selection.
Boylan-Pett graduated from Columbia College in 2008, with a degree in sociology and creative writing.
After his career as a Lion came to a close, Boylan-Pett went on to compete for Georgetown as a graduate student for both the track & field and cross country programs. In his single season with the Hoyas, Boylan-Pett notched significant honors. He was an All-American, a BIG EAST champion and an IC4A champion in the 1500m in 2009, and was named an Academic All-American in his second semester. He also became the seventh athlete in Georgetown track & field history to break four minutes for the mile, in a time of 3:59.40. Boylan-Pett graduated from Georgetown in 2010, with a master’s degree in journalism.
Boylan-Pett has worked as a volunteer assistant coach for Georgetown, and worked as a camp counselor at Blue Ridge Running Camp and Oregon Track and Field camp.