NEW YORK – For the third consecutive weekend, the Columbia men and women's track & field teams raced at the New York New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory from Friday, Feb. 7 – Saturday, Feb. 8. The Lions competed in USTFCCCA Division I National Meet of The Week in the heralded Armory Collegiate Invitational presented by NYRR. With over a 100 teams represented, a number of Columbia athletes showed well, including four personal-best records and six top-ten finishes.
On the women’s side, Marvellous Iheukwumere went up against some of the nation’s perennial powers in the 60m and 200m dashes. In the 60m prelims, Iheukwumere posted a time of 7.60 for 16th in a field of 56 to move on to the semifinals. She finished 16th overall with a time of 7.58 in the semi-final heat.
In the 200m, Iheukwumere continued to show she is one of the best in the country. With a prelims time of 24.319, she placed eighth in a field of 69 runners to qualify for the championship heat. The Austin, Texas native went on to grab fifth place overall, clocking in with a time of 24.26.
Nadia Eke put together a solid performance in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 12.91m to take third place for the Lions. Joanna Koronios had a big day in the women’s weight throw setting a personal-best measure of 15.99 for 19th place overall. Nicole Bauer also set a personal-best time of 1:16.88 in the women’s 800m to finish 18th.
On the men’s side, Harrison McFann was impressive in the men’s 800m. The senior posted a personal-best time of 1:49.26 to grab a runner-up finish in the event. McFann’s time stands as the second-best in program history, as he bested his previous time of 1:49.40. Teammate Brendon Fish also grabbed fifth place in the event with a time of 1:50.06.
Daniel Nestor added another personal-best time on the day in the 1000m for Columbia. Nestor clocked in with a time of 2:26.16 for ninth place overall. Rob Napolitano posted a top-10 finish in the one mile run with an eighth-place time of 4:13.08.
The Lions will return to the New York Armory next weekend for the Lafayette Rider Classic/Millrose Games on Saturday, Feb. 15