NEW YORK – A pair of weekend meets will serve as the final preparations for the 2018 Indoor Heps, as Columbia competes in both the BU Valentine Invitational and the Fastrack National Elite this weekend.

A larger portion of the team travels back to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex for the Fastrack National Elite, which begins Friday afternoon and runs into the evening. The women’s portion of the BU David Hemery Valentine Track & Field Invitational takes the stage on Friday, while the men are slated to compete on Saturday.

Live video at the Valentine Invitational will be provided by FloTrack and BU provides live stats, while the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex will provide live results for the Fastrack National Elite.

Last weekend, the Lions competed in three meets, finding success across the board.

At the Metropolitan Championships last Thursday and Friday, Robert O’Brien improved on his school record in the pole vault, taking the title at 5.20m (17-0.75). Akua Obeng-Akrofi, Katie Wasserman, and Brittney Raffo, were victorious in the 500m, 1,000m, and pole vault, respectively, as Obeng-Akrofi posted the top time in the Ivy League this season.  

On Saturday during the Millrose Games, a pair of women’s relays impressed against some top talent. The Metro College 4x400m relay was captured by the Columbia women, who ran the third best indoor 4x400m in school history behind Betty Jackson, Sydney Petersen, Obeng-Akrofi, and Iman Sule. In the 4x800m relay, Sarah Hardie, Bianca Alonzo, Terri Turner, and McKenzie Sup went 8:47.70, which was the second fastest time in school history.

Back in Staten Island on Saturday, both the men’s and women’s team found success by winning one race each. Alek Sauer held off a trio of Lions to win the 1,000m, when he took the tape in 2:22.09, which is the fastest time in the Ivy League this season. Victoria Ingram bested the women’s field in the 3,000m run, crossing the line in 9:56.88 for the win.

Also competing this weekend in New Mexico is Daniel Igbokwe, who will chase an NCAA qualifying mark in the triple jump as he competes at altitude. A live stream on FloTrack and live results from the Don Kirby Invitational will be provided.