Women's T&F Wins Army Quad Meet To Highlight Saturday's Performances
Army Quad Meet Results
WEST POINT, N.Y. – On Saturday, April 13, the Columbia track and field team used a number of solid performances at the Army Quad Meet to capture the first women’s team win of the outdoor season. The women’s track and field team claimed seven first-place finishes and tallied 159 points to lead the five team field of Army, Binghamton, Middlebury, and Colgate.
In the field events, Nnenna Okwara and Joanna Koronios recorded the top two women’s hammer throws on the day. Okwara took first place with a measure of 53.00m and Koronios was the runner-up at 51.34m. Koronios went on to place third in the women’s discus with a throw of 40.89m.
The Lions posted a 1-2-3 sweep in the women’s long jump with Uju Ofoche leading the way with a leap of 6.03m. Second-place went to Nadia Eke with a leap of 5.82m and QueenDenise Okeke claimed third place at 5.63m .In a four way tie atop the women’s high jump, Madelyn Magee cleared the first-place height of 1.66m. Columbia also saw success in the women’s triple jump, including a runner-up finish by Addy Sonaike at 11.70m and third place by Alexis Yeboah-Kodie at 11.17m.
In the women’s 100m, 200m and 400m dashes, Columbia claimed victories in all three events. Marvellous Iheukwumere was first in the 100m at 11.98, Sharay Hale in the 200m at 24.67 and Jaycee Parker in the 400m at the 56.25.
The Lions dominated the women’s 1,500m run with six runners finishing in the top 10. Waverly Neer grabbed the win at 4:26.97 and Aryn Foland finished second at 4:30.79. Another runner-up finish in the women’s 4x400m relay by the quartet of Mariella McCormack, Nicole Bauer, Sophia Harrington and Emily Krasinski at 3:52.55, also aided to Lion’s win on Saturday.
On the men’s side, Columbia saw several strong showings from the young talent of the Lions. First-year Chancellor Griffin won the men’s triple jump with a leap of 13.82m. First-year Yelnats Calvin claimed third place in the men’s 200m dash at 22.75 and went on to place fourth in the 400m run at 50.52.
Junior Duncan Dickerson put together a good day with third place in the hammer throw at 55.55m and topped it with a second place finish in the discus throw at 45.11m.
THE GEORGE MASON INVITATIONAL
The Lions also had a handful of athletes compete in the George Mason Spring Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Fairfax, Va. The Lions posted a combined six top-20 east regional times in the 1,500m and 800m events.
In the men’s 1,500m run, John Gregorek grabbed the win with the seventh best east regional time of 3:44.65. He was joined by Daniel Everett in third place who’s time of 3:45.38 stands 12th best in the region and Mark Feigen in fourth place with the 13th best regional time of 3:45.42.
The 800m run was led by Harrison McFann who posted a top four regional time of 1:48.22 to grab third place. Brendon Fish took seventh (7th regional – 1:48.64) and Connor Claflin took ninth (9th regional – 1:48.72) to add to a strong day in Northern Virginia. With a fourth place finish in the women’s 1,500m run, Erin Gillingham clocked in with a time of 4:20.87 that also currently stands 13th best in the region.
Up next, the Columbia track and field team will prepare to compete in the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn, Ala. and the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J. from April 19-20.