NEW YORK – The Columbia track & field team split squads this weekend, as part of the team went to Princeton, N.J., to take part in the ECAC Championships, while some of the team traveled to Swarthmore, Pa., to take part in the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet. Several Lions had strong showings in the last weekend of competition before NCAA Regionals.
At Swarthmore, in the women’s 1500m run, senior Jacqueline Drouin came in seventh overall, and the first collegiate runner, with a time of 4:20.43. It is one of the fastest times in the East Region this year, and ranks her in the top 20 heading into the Regional Meet. Sophomore Mark Feigen also had a strong showing, coming in second in the men’s 1500m run. Feigen came in at 3:43.24, one of the ten fastest times in the region heading into NCAAs. Senior Adam Behnke also did well in that event, coming in with a time of 3:45.88, good for tenth overall, and a bid to NCAAs. And senior Dylan Isaacson did well in the men’s 800m, coming in at 1:50.71, which could also be an NCAA qualifying time.
Meanwhile, in Princeton, junior Sharay Hale continued to improve on her already spectacular season. Hale, who set the Ivy League record in the 200m dash just last weekend, shattered her own time, lowering the mark three tenths of a second. She won the ECAC event easily, coming in at 23.33 seconds, a new all-time Ivy League record. Hale’s time of 23.65 last weekend will still stand as an Ivy League championship meet record.
Sophomore Emily Lanois also did well in Princeton, as she came in fourth in the women’s 5000m run. Her time of 16:32.33 will qualify her for the NCAA East Regionals. Sophomore Mallory Anderson came in eighth in the 3000m steeplechase in 10:45.09, while junior Kyra Caldwell qualified for the finals, and came in third overall in the 400m hurdles, with a time of 59.03, her fastest time outdoors this year. Caldwell also ran the 4x400m relay with Yamira Bell, Laura Vogel and Hale. The team came in 3:37.50, good for the second fastest time at the meet.
Junior Monique Roberts finished third in the high jump, clearing 1.73m, while junior Sarah Engle took fourth in the pole vault, and sophomore QueenDenise Okeke took sixth in the triple jump, hitting 12.48m.
Up next for Columbia is the 2011 NCAA East Regionals, which will take place Thursday, May 26 to Saturday, May 28, in Bloomington, Ind.