Track & Field Has Record-Setting Weekend Heading into NCAAs
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
NEW YORK – The Columbia track & field team had one final record-setting weekend to end the 2010-11 indoor track & field season, just one week before the NCAA National Championships. The Lions had standout performances across all events, and across the country. 

At the Iowa State Last Chance Meet, the 4x400m relay team of Kyra Caldwell, Miata Morlu, Uju Ofoche and Sharay Hale beat out a team from South Carolina to finish fifth overall, with a time of 3:37.67. The time was two seconds faster than what the squad ran at the Ivy League Championships one weekend earlier. It is also a new all-time Ivy League record, and a new Columbia school record as well. 

Meanwhile, back at the Armory, Columbia was hosting a Last Chance Meet of their own, which saw several Lions performing at the top of their games. In the women’s one mile run, senior Jacqueline Drouin nearer her all-time best in the mile, as she came across the line in 4:45.66. It was just three tenths of a second off of her school record time of 4:45.35 from last season. 

In the men’s one-mile run, senior Jeff Moriarty was less than a second from his goal of breaking four minutes, as he finished second with a time of 4:00.70. It was a personal best time for the senior, and the seventh fastest indoor mile ever run by an Ivy League athlete. 

And in field events, Columbia had two new records set at as well. In the pole vault, junior Sarah Engle bested her highest clearance, as she hit 3.85m, a new school record, and personal best for the junior. And her classmate Monique Roberts won the high jump, clearing 1.75m, her second highest height this year.  First-year Nicolas Composto also had a strong showing, as he finished second in the 3000m run in 8:12.24. 

The Last Chance weekend marked the end of the indoor season for most of the track & field team. For those who have qualified, the NCAA National Championships will take place in College Station, Texas, Friday, March 11 to Saturday, March 12.