Princeton, N.J. –On Saturday, May 2, the Columbia track and field team concluded the two-day Elite Meet at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium. The Lions posted wins in seven events for all around positive performance in their final tune-up before the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.
Iris Chijioke highlighted four wins by the women’s team with a record day in the 100m hurdles. Chijioke clocked in with a new meet record and personal-best time of 14.12 for the victory. The sophomore surpassed the previous meet record of 14.28 twice in the event, including a prelims time of 14.26 before grabbing the win.
In the women’ s 100m dash, Marvellous Iheukwumere was the only runner to finish under the 12-second mark to come away with a win in 11.93. Ashley Cunningham followed with a close runner-up finish time of 12.04.
Pegah Khosravi-Kamrani won the women’s 3000m event with a time 9:50.51 to lead a Columbia top-three sweep in the event. Leila Mantilla took second place at 9:55.47 and Natalie Tanner placed third at 19:00.72
On the field, Joanna Koronios represented the Lions well with a pair top finishes. The junior captured a victory in the women’s discus with a throw of 42.84m. Koronios also had a second-place finish in the women’s hammer throw behind a personal-best measure of 53.11m.
The Lions had a number of runner-up finishers, including Brittney Wade in the women’s Friday 800m run (2:12.75), Olivia Sadler in Friday’s 15000m run (4:22.55), Jaycee Parker in the 400m dash (54.92), Sarah Eagan in the 5000m run (17:14.61) and in the 4x400m relay. The squad of Nicole Bauer, Mariella McCormack, Trina Bills and Jaycee Parker combined for a time of 3:50.64.
On the men’s side, the Lions were dominant in their stapled distance events. John Gregorek lead the pack in the 800m with a first-place time of 1:48.70. Gregorek edged teammate Brendon Fish who finished just a step behind at 1:48.79. Connor Claflin also placed fourth in the event with a time of 1:50.19.
Harrison McFann posted a victory in the Friday 1500m run, as the Lions placed four runners in the top five of the event. Tim Cousins grabbed second-palace at 3:45.28, Dustin Wilson placed fourth at 3:48.88 and Marc Violone finished in fifth-place at 3:49.25.
Hammond added a third-place finish in the 400m hurdles with a personal-best time of 53.58, while Casey Adams picked up a runner-up finish in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:13.60.
On the field, Duncan Dickerson became the first Columbia thrower to surpass the 60m-mark in the hammer throw this weekend. Dickerson threw for a second-place measure of 60.48m. Chancelor Griffin also posted a runner-up finish in the triple jump. The sophomore leaped for a personal-best measure of 14.65m.
The Lions will be back in action next weekend at the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship to be held in New Haven, Conn. on Saturday, May 10 – Sunday, May 11.