PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore sprinter Miata Morlu took first place in the women’s 400m dash and some of the Columbia track & field team’s younger stars posted strong finishes at Saturday’s Big 5 Invitational at Penn’s Franklin Field.

Morlu won the 400m dash with a time of 57.80. That time is the fifth-fastest in the Ivy League so far this season.

Senior Kyra Caldwell took second in the women’s 400m hurdles, clocking in with the second-best time in the Ivy League this season at 1:01.36.

In the men’s 1,500m, first-year Brendon Fish took second with a time of 3:59.83 with sophomore Tim Cousins right behind him in third at 3:59.95.

Other top-five finishes included Connor Claflin’s fifth-place run in the 1,500m (4:00.72) and Brendan Donley’s fifth-place showing in the men’s 800m (1:54.84).

The Lions’ jumpers, field athletes and top distance runners did not compete on Saturday. Columbia will be back in action on March 31 when it heads to West Point, N.Y., to take part in the Dick Shea Open at Shea Stadium.