NEW YORK - The Columbia track & field teams will travel to the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville and the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton this weekend.
All the action from UVA can be seen live on both Friday and Saturday on Watch ESPN and the ACC Network Extra, with a 1:30 p.m. start on Friday, and a 10:30 a.m. start on Saturday. Princeton will provide live stats, with action getting under way Friday at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday at noon from the track and 11:00 a.m. from the field.
Last weekend during a pair of meets, Columbia combined to win nine events while traveling to the Ocean State Invitational and the Metropolitan Championships.
In Providence on Friday, the middle distance and distance runners impressed with two first place finishes among several other top-five performances. Nell Crosby returned to the 3,000m steeplechase for the first time this spring, topping the field in 10:14.10, which was close to her school record pace of 10:02.02. On the men's side, Sam Ritz claimed a first place finish in the 1 Mile, clocking a 4:03.45 to best the field.
At the Mets Championships on Saturday, the Lions won seven events, with six of those coming from field athletes.
Maryam Hassan gave the women 20 points with two victories in the long jump and triple jump, including a PR of 6.02m (19-9) in the long jump, which surpassed her previous best of 5.62m (18-5) by over a foot. The women also had Brittney Raffo win the pole vault, Grace Campbell come out victorious in the high jump, and Bianca Joseph take the tape in the 100m hurdles.
For the men, Daniel Igbokwe impressed with a 15.18m (49-9.75) effort into a headwind for first in the triple jump, while Robert O'Brien earned a victory in the pole vault with a clear of 4.85m (15-11).