Hale Leads Lions In Stellar Second Day of Ivy League Championships
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Casey Snedecor
NEW HAVEN, CONN. – The Columbia track & field team had a strong showing on the second day of the 2011 Ivy League Outdoor Championships, led by junior Sharay Hale, who won three championship titles on her way to being named Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet.

Hale once again demolished the record books, scoring most of Columbia’s points on day two. The junior won the 200m dash, with a new all-time Ivy League record, and a new meet championship record time of 23.65 seconds. She also took the top spot in the 400m dash, with a personal best time of 52.40, a new school record. Senior Laura Vogel also scored points in the 400, coming in fourth overall with a time of 55.97. 

Vogel and Hale also teamed up to help Columbia win a championship title in the 4x400m relay. The Columbia squad of Kyra Caldwell, Yamira Bell, Vogel and Hale won by nearly six seconds, coming in first in 3:37.92.

Junior Caldwell also had a second championship title of her own. Caldwell won the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.92. She was the first athlete to break 14 seconds in the event at the championships since 2001, and it was her second-straight title in the event. First-year Tayler Johnson finished fifth overall with a time of 14.23 seconds. Caldwell also came in fourth in the 400m hurdles. 

The Lions also had another strong showing in field events. Junior Monique Roberts and first-year Tara Richmond went 1-2 in the high jump. Roberts won her second outdoor high jump title with a clearance of 1.73m (5’8”), while Richmond was one of two athletes to clear 1.70m (5’7”).

Two other women scored points for Columbia Saturday: senior Jacqueline Drouin finished sixth in the 1500m run, with a time of 4:25.62, while sophomore Mallory Anderson came in sixth in the 3000m steeplechase, in 10:46.63. 

Sophomore Mark Feigen had the highlight for the day on the men’s side, as he came in second overall in the 1500m run. Feigen was just nine hundredths of a second from winning a championship title, coming in at 3:58.05. And the men’s 4x800m relay team of Dylan Isaacson, William Kovalczyk, Harrison McFann and Matthew Stewart challenged for the championship title, and ended up finishing second overall with a time of 7:25.72. Both the relay and Feigen will earn second-team All-Ivy League honors. 

First-year Cody Love came in third in the 400m hurdles, coming in at 52.73, a personal best in the event at his first collegiate outdoor championship meet.  Stewart came in fourth in the 800m run with a time of 1:50.77, while sophomore Paul Snyder came in sixth in the 5000m run, in 14:20.60. 

The men finished the day with 29 points, good for eighth overall, while the women came in fourth with 92 points.