NEW YORK – The indoor season has just begun for the Columbia track & field teams and if Saturday’s Ivy League tri-meet tune-up against Dartmouth and Yale is any indication of what to expect from the Lions this year, there will be some impressive performances on the horizon. The women’s team is off to a good start combining for 72 points to grab the first win of the season. The Columbia men had a solid day tallying a runner-up finish with 47 points.
On the women’s side, Columbia posted nine top-finishes on the day. Senior Marvellous Iheukwumere owned the women’s sprints taking both the 60m dash (7.81) and the 200m dash (25.12). Sophomore Jaycee Parker raced for the win in the 400m with a time of 57.69 and Nicole Bauer went on to take the 500m in 1:17.91.
Caroline Willimas gave the Lions a victory in the one-mile run, clocking in with a time of 4:59.44, and Iris Chijioke was impressive in the 60m hurdles, finishing with a wining time 8.87. On the field, Nadia Eke led the way in the women’s long jump wit a leap 5.71m.
On the men’s side, the Lions remained true to its stapled dominance in the middle-distance and distance events. Columbia took the top three spots in the men’s 1000m run with Brendon Fish leading the way at 2:27.61. John Gregorek finished just a step behind for second place at 2:27.78 and Daniel Everett took third place at 2:28.76.
First-years Rob Napolitano and Alex Freemantle both showed well in the men’s 800m. Napolitano came away with the victory with a time of 1:55.02 and Freematle grabbed runner-up with a time of 1:56.18.
The Lions will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 24 to compete in the NYU Challenge, for its first of three straight meets at the New York Armory.