2014 Indoor Track & Field Ivy League Championships Preview
NEW YORK - This weekend, the Columbia track & field teams will battle for conference supremacy in the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships at Dartmouth's Leverone Field House.
The two-day meet will host 19 men and women’s events from Saturday, March 1 through Sunday, March 2. The Ivy League championships will kick-off opening day with men’s long jump at 11 a.m. and conclude with the women's pentathlon long jump at 4:45 p.m. Sunday's action begins at 11:30 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60m hurdles and the final event will be the women's 4x400m relay at 3:50 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow the final event at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday. Click the link above to view the full schedule.
Adult ticket prices are set for $16 event pass and $10 one-day ticket. Children (under 12) and student with valid ID prices are $8 event pass and $5 one-day ticket.
Sunday's finals will be streamed live from 12pm until the end of the Awards Ceremony on The Ivy League® Digital Network.
The Lions have combined for a solid indoor campaign behind a number of program record setting and conference leading performances. The women’s team grabbed a victory at the top the season in Leverone Field House when they grabbed first-place in their annual tri-meet against Dartmouth and Yale.
Since then, the women’s team have continued to be impressive and head into this weekend’s championship meet with five Ivy League-best marks and hold top-five performances in 14 events.
In the 60m and 200m , senior Marvellous Iheukwumere holds top times in both sprints (60m – 7.46) (200m-24.02) as she returns to defend her Ivy League crowns. Iheukwumere will compete for a third consecutive 200m title and second straight 60m title. The Austin, Texas native set a new program record in the 60m this season when she clocked in with a time 7.46 at the NYU Challenge.
In the field, Nadia Eke posts a top leap of 5.71m in the long jump and a leading measure of 12.93m in the triple jump. Eke has put together a strong junior campaign including setting a new program record with her leap of 12.93 at Lions Invitational. The two All-Ivy League honoree won her first indoor triple jump title in 2012 and finished runner-up last season to teammate QueenDenise Okeke ‘13CC.
In her first-year, Gardenia Centanaro will head to Ivies with the best mark in the pole vault this season. Centanaro cleared a league leading height of 3.74m at the NYU Challenge in early December.
The Lions also show promise in the relays with one of the best times in the 4x800m and distance relay. Last weekend at Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invitational, the quartet of Olivia Sadler, Jaycee Parker, Trina Bills and Waverly Neer set a new program record in the distance medley relay with a time of 11:16.65.
Women's Top Ivy League Indoor Track & Field Performance List
On the men's side, Columbia claims top-five showings in six events, with leading Ivy League times in two events. Harry McFann is in top position to win the 800m with a conference-best time of 1:49.26. Junior Brendon Fish is only a step behind in second with a time of 1:49.63.
The pair is also half of an exciting distance medley relay squad. McFann, Fish, John Gregorek and Daniel Everett crushed the school record in the event last weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational with a combined league-best time of 9:30.72.
Columbia also posts a strong pack in the 1000m run. The Lions have four runners with top-eight conference times, including Fish (fourth-2:25.61), Gregorek (fifth-2:25.77), Rob Napolitano (sixth-2:25.84) and Daniel Nestor (eighth-2:26.16).
Men's Top Ivy League Indoor Track & Field Performance List