Track & Field Takes Top Place Finishes at Sam Howell Invitational

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars
NEW YORK – The Columbia track & field team took part in the Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, N.J. this weekend, along with the 2011 Florida Relays in Gainsville, with several strong results. First-year Marvellous Iheukwumere and junior Kyra Caldwell led the way with two first-place showings each at the Sam Howell.

Iheukwumere won both the 100 and 200m dash. In the 100m, she took first place in 12.23, while she took the top spot in the 200m in 24.60. Senior Laura Vogel came in third in the 400m dash, as did sophomore Patricia Reilly in the women’s 3000m run. Junior Kyra Caldwell and first-year Tayler Johnson went 1-2 in the women’s 100m hurdles, as Caldwell won in 14.30, and Johnson came in at 14.38. Calwell also won the 400m hurdles in 1:01.21, with sophomore Susan Rodriguez come in second in 1:02.93. 

The Columbia women also swept the relay events, as the Lions won the 4x100 and 4x400m relays. In the 4x100, QueenDenise Okeke, Uju Ofoche, Johnson and  Iheukwumere cam ein at 47.43, while in the 4x400m, Caldwell, Miata Morlu, Yamira Bell and Vogel won in 3:51.18. The Lions also took the top two spots in the high jump, as junior Monique Roberts won with a final height of 1.75m, and first-year Tara Richmond took second at 1.70m. Junior Sarah Engle also won the pole vault, clearing 3.81m. 

On the men’s side, first-year Cody Love had his first collegiate win, as he took the top spot in the 400m hurdles, with a time of 53.61. 

At the 2011 Pepsi Florida Relays, junior Sharay Hale was the lone represenative in Columbia blue. She finished the 400m dash with a time of 54.05 (currently 22nd in the nation), and ran an Ivy League-best time of 24.20 in the 200m dash. 

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