PRINCETON, N.J. – The Columbia track & field program’s weekend of competing in last-chance qualifying meets is off to an exciting start after sophomore John Gregorek set a new personal record in the 3,000m steeplechase at the IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Princeton.
Gregorek took first place in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 8:53.29, beating his previous career best by nearly six seconds. His time at IC4As currently ranks as the 14th-fastest time in the NCAA East Region and it will qualify him for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla. His previous career best of 8:59.28 that he set at Princeton’s Sam Howell Invitational was 27th best in the region and also would have qualified.
In the women’s ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships also at Princeton, sophomore Mallory Anderson took fifth in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:37.18. Anderson’s career-best time of 10:28.03 that she ran at last week’s Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships currently ranks 36th in the region and it should stand to qualify her for the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
Another notable performance came from junior Pat DeSabato, who took fourth place in the 10,000m run with a PR of 30:14.16.
The Lions have many more student-athletes competing this weekend to try to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round. Here’s a quick rundown:
IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Princeton (Saturday and Sunday)
800m Run – Liam Tansey
4x400m Relay – Kevin Boyd, Billy Kovalczyk, Harry McFann, Connor Claflin
Hammer Throw – Duncan Dickerson
Pole Vault – Jason Marks
ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Princeton (Saturday and Sunday)
100m Hurdles – Lucie Cincinatis
200m Dash – Marvellous Iheukwumere
800m Run – Madeline Rathbun
1,500m Run – Danika Simonson
Triple Jump – QueenDenise Okeke
High Jump – Tara Richmond
Pole Vault – Sarah Engle
Hammer Throw – Nnenna Okwara
In addition, some of Columbia’s student-athletes will run Monday’s Swarthmore College Last Chance Meet. Swarthmore’s Walter T. Skallerup, Jr. Track is set up with equipment for Olympic qualifying measurements. Nine Lions are trying to log times that would qualify them for the U.S. Olympic trials. Kevin Boyd is competing in the 200m and the 400m. Connor Claflin and Harry McFann will run in the 800m. Adam Behnke, Nico Composto, Daniel Everett, Mark Feigen, Kyle Merber and Mike Murphy will run in the 1,500m.