UPDATE: Track & Field Caps Season With Four All-American Honorees
EUGENE, Ore. – The Columbia track and field team concluded its trip to the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, June 8 as Daniel Everett competed in the men's 5,000m finals. Everett crossed the line in 14:24.44 for 17th place overall in the event and caps his season with an honorable mention All-American honor.
Ivy League champion Waverly Neer took her mark in the 5,000m finals on Friday, June 7 at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the sole representation of the Columbia women's track and field team. The sophomore placed 16th overall with a time of 16:22.00 to earn second team All-America honors in the event.
Senior Mike Murphy capped his strong Columbia track and field career on Thursday, June 6 taking on the nation’s best in the men’s 10,000m finals. With a time of 30:33.43 in the championship finals, Murphy crossed the finish line in 19th place overall. His top 20 national finish only adds to a stellar senior campaign for the Michigan native and earned him a honorable mention All-American honor.
In the fall, Murphy garnered several awards as one of Columbia’s cross-country leaders. For the second consecutive season Murphy was named to the USTFCCCA All-Region team just weeks after a second team All-Ivy League honor.
The veteran distance runner emerged as one of the top runners for the Lions in the outdoor season. Murphy’s career best performance in the men’s 10,000m came at the Stanford Invitational, where he finished with a career-best time of 29:03.33. He finished in third place at the Ivy League championships in the event and finished tenth in the NCAA East Preliminaries to earn his trip to Hayward Field.
On Wednesday, Harrison McFann kicked-off Columbia’s opening day at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field. The junior lined up in the first heat of the men’s 800m semifinal to compete against the best runners across the country.
To advance to the men’s 800m championship finals on Saturday, McFann needed to be one of the top two runners of the opening three heats or have the next two best times. McFann put together a solid run and finished sixth in the heat with a time 1:48.752. The Ohio native’s time stood ninth overall to earn second team All-America honors and just missed the eighth place finals qualifying bid by 0.02 seconds.