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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

Caroline Bierbaum is one of the most decorated female student-athletes in Columbia history.

Bierbaum transferred to Columbia from Duke in 2003, where she earned All-America status by finished 34th at the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championships. In 2004, she became the first Columbia woman ever to win the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship in cross country, leading the team to an Ivy League title.

Bierbaum earned first team All-American status three times in 2004-05 alone. She finished third at the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships, second in the 5000m at the NCAA Indoor Championships and second in the 10,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Bierbaum went on to receive USCTA Indoor Regional Athlete of the Year for her stellar performances.

In Fall 2005, she finished second in the nation at the NCAA Cross Country Championship, after winning her second Ivy League individual championship, breaking a then-meet record that had stood for over two decades. Concluding the Fall 2005 cross country season, Bierbaum won the Honda Award in cross country, awarded to the nation's best collegiate female cross country runner.

Bierbaum holds the second-best time at Van Cortlandt Park for women, and also holds school records in the indoor 3000m, the indoor 5000m and the outdoor 5000m. She is also the school and Ivy League record holder in the outdoor 10,000m.

Bierbaum graduated from Columbia in 2006, with a degree in history, and was selected as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.

She returned to the Columbia cross country and track & field program for the 2008-09 season as a volunteer coach while attending law school. Bierbaum completed her law degree from Yeshiva University's Cardozo Law School in New York City in 2009 and promptly passed the New York City Bar exam. She currently owns her own company, Empire Athletics Management, which represents runners world-wide. The New York City native also qualified for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials.

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