NEW YORK - Two standout members of the Columbia track & field teams, Sharay Hale and Jeff Moriarty, were named the February Student-Athletes of the Month. The two combined for five new school records in the month, and both earned first team All-Ivy League accolades.
Hale continued her dominance of sprint events for Columbia track & field, and in February, she set two new Ivy League records, a meet record, captured three Ivy League championship titles, was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet, and led Columbia to its best ever showing at the Indoor Ivy League championships. In mid-February, Hale set a new Ivy League and Columbia all-time record in the 200m dash. Hale won the event in 23.75, breaking the old record of 24.02, set in 2002. That weekend, she also set a new program record in the 400m dash, at 53.02, which was the fifth fastest 400m time in the nation. And at Ivies in the last weekend of February, Hale showed just how dominant she was. In the preliminaries of the 200m dash, Hale broke her own new record, as she set a new all-time Ivy League record, along with a new championship meet record of 23.68 seconds. The next day, Hale won the 200m dash with ease, taking the title for the second year in a row. Hale also won a championship title in the 400m dash, as she beat the field by two seconds. And the day ended with another Ivy League record, as Hale anchored the women's 4x400m relay to a first place finish, and a new all-time Ivy League record of 3:39.46. They broke the previous record, set by Cornell in 2007, by nearly three seconds, and beat every other Ivy League team in the race by a full six seconds.
Moriarty made his mark on the record books in February, as the senior dominated in two different events. At the beginning of the month, Moriarty took part in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, a track meet that features the nation's best teams. There, Moriarty won the 1000m run, rewriting the record books as he went. Moriarty won the event in 2:20.77, setting a new school and meet record. The time is currently the second fastest 1000m in the NCAA, and is the second fastest 1000m ever run by an Ivy League athlete. And Moriarty closed the month in style, as he led the Columbia men's 4x800m relay to a championship title. Moriarty single-handedly came from behind in the anchor leg, overtaking leader Princeton and clinching the race in the last 100m. The Lions won the championship title in 7:28.64, a new school record. With the win, Moriarty earns first-team All-Ivy League honors for the fourth track & field season in a row.