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Junior Uju Ofoche
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Ofoche Defends Ivy League Long Jump Title, Columbia Women In 4th After Day 1 of Ivy League Outdoor Championships

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 05/05/2012
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Day 1 Results: Women | Men

PHILADELPHIA – Uju Ofoche defended her Ivy League outdoor long jump title and with 22 points, the Columbia women’s track & field team sits in fourth place following Saturday’s first day of action at the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships at Franklin Field.

Ofoche cleared a distance of 5.89m to win the women’s long jump. The junior scored 10 points and has now won the Ivy League indoor and outdoor long jump crowns in each of the last two seasons. First-year Nadia Eke took second place with a long jump of 5.88m to add eight big points for the Lions.


2012 Ivy League outdoor long jump champion Uju Ofoche (third from left) and runner-up Nadia Eke (fourth from left) (Courtesy of The Ivy League)

In the hammer throw, junior Nnenna Okwara added four points with a fourth-place showing. Her longest hurl was 53.19m.


Nnenna Okwara in the hammer throw. (Columbia University Athletics | Gene Boyars)


Lucie Cincinatis in the 100m Hurdles prelims. (Columbia University Athletics | Gene Boyars)

Many of the Columbia women who competed on Saturday qualified for the Sunday finals in their respective events. Those who advanced include:

COLUMBIA WOMEN ADVANCING TO SUNDAY FINALS
100m Dash – Marvellous Iheukwumere (12.08)
400m Dash – Miata Morlu (55.32), Yamira Bell (55.22)
800m Run – Madeline Rathbun (2:09.52)
1500m Run – Erin Gillingham (4:26.76)
100m Hurdles – Lucie Cincinatis (14.28)
400m Hurdles – Kyra Caldwell (1:01.36)

Senior pole vaulter Jason Marks scored points for the Columbia men in his final Ivy League Championships. Marks cleared 4.65m to tie for fourth place and score three points.


Senior pole vaulter Jason Marks (Columbia University Athletics | Gene Boyars)

Seven Columbia men who competed on Saturday qualified for the Sunday finals in their respective events. Those who advanced include:

COLUMBIA MEN ADVANCING TO SUNDAY FINALS
400m Dash – Kevin Boyd (48.00)
800m Run – Harry McFann (1:49.27), Connor Claflin (1:49.41)
1500m Run – Byron Jones (3:48.42), Daniel Everett (3:51.32), Kyle Merber (3:47.73), Mark Feigen (3:48.77)

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