NEW YORK - The Columbia track & field teams travels to Cambridge, Mass. this weekend to compete for this season's conference crown in the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships at Harvard's Albert H. Gordon Track.
The championship meet runs from Saturday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 24. Saturday's events will begin with the women's pole vault at 11 a.m. and conclude with the women's pentathlon 800m at 8:00 p.m. Sunday's action starts at 11 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60m hurdles and the final event of the meet will be the men's 4x400m relay at 4:15 p.m. The awards ceremony is slated to follow the final event at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Click the link above to view the full schedule.
Tickets for both days can be purchased in advance at GoCrimson.com or by calling the Harvard ticket office at 617-495-2211, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. On both days of the event, tickets will be available at Gordon Track. Click the link above for full ticket information.
Columbia has compiled a number of strong showings through the course of the indoor season, including: Armory, including the Metropolitan Championships, the Armory Collegiate Invitational and the Lafayette/Rider Winter Games.
The defending indoor Ivy League champion Columbia women's team looks strong heading into this year's meet, posting top-five league performances in 11 events, including four Ivy League-best marks.
Junior Marvellous Iheukwumere holds the top time in the 60m at 24.29 seconds and the quartet of Olivia Sadler, Emily Krasinski, Trina Bills and Madeline Rathbun hold the top 4x800m relay time of 8:50.55 seconds. In the field, Uju Ofoche posts a top leap of 6.09m and Nadia Eke holds a leading measure of 12.62m in the triple jump.
On the men's side, Columbia claims top-five showings in five events, with leading times in three events. Harry McFann leads a strong Lion pack in the 800m with a top time of 1:50.05. Brendon Fish comes in at No. 2 with a time of 1:50.56 and Connor Claflin stands at No. 3 at 1:50.62 seconds.
The Lions hold the best times in the 4x800m relay and the distance medley relay heading into the meet. The squad of Brendon Fish, Harrison McFann, Connor Claflin and Byron Jones combined for a time of 7:30.15 in the 4x800m relay. The quartet of John Gregorek, Connor Claflin, Harrison McFann and Mark Feigen holds a program record in the distance medley relay with a time of 9:40.67.
LIONS TO LOOK FOR (WOMEN):
The defending women's 200m champion, Iheukwumere, looks poised for a repeat this season. At the Metropolitan Championships, she posted the conferences fastest time at 24.29 seconds. She also holds a time of 7.60 in the 60m dash, which stands third best in the Ivy League this season. Last season, Iheukwumere placed second in the event, earning second-team All-Ivy Honors.
Uju Ofoche will prepare to continue her league dominance in the long jump this weekend. The senior will compete for a third straight Ivy League title in the event, currently holding a leading leap of 6.09m. With a win, Ofoche would become the first athlete in program history and the third all-time in the conference to capture the women's long jump title three times. Dora Vegvari is also positioned to show well in the event as she currently holds the fourth-best jump in the Ivy League at 5.75m.
Nadia Eke leads the way in the triple jump with a leap of 12.62, as three Lions are posted in the leagues top five. Eke will go for second straight triple jump title after capturing the victory as a first-year in 2012. Senior Queendenise Okeke will battle her teammate for her second title in the event, as she currently stands No. 2 in the league with a leap of 12.29m. Okeke won the triple jump in the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championships.
Distance runners Erin Gillingham and Olivia Sadler should be major factors in the 1,000m and one-mile events. They rank second (Gillingham) and third (Sadler) in the conference for both events this season. At the Metropolitan Championships, Gillingham posted a time of 2:48.25 in the 1,000m and a time of 4:42.24 in the one mile at the Lafayette/Rider Winter Games. Sadler followed with a time of 2:48.91 in the 1,000m and 4:42.25 in the one mile.
LIONS TO LOOK FOR (MEN):
Brendon Fish has faired well in the Ivy League this season. In addition to holding this season's second fastest men's 800m time at 1:50.56, the sophomore posted the second fastest time in the men's 1,000m at 2:24.10.
The 5,000m event looks to be a promising event for the Lions this weekend. Columbia claims four of the top five best times in the event this season, led by Mike Murphy at No. 2 with a time of 14:09.86. At No. 3 is Jacob Sienko (14:20.14), No. 4 is Paul Ross (14:20.92) and No. 5 is Leighton Spencer (14:21.63).