NEW YORK - The 2018 edition of the Penn Relays gets under way Thursday for the Columbia track & field teams, who are also slated to compete in the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday.
The Penn Relays can be seen live on FloTrack, and also have live stats available. Columbia is entered in the women's 4x100m, 4x400m, and distance medley relays on the first day, beginning at 1:20 p.m. from Franklin Field.
Sunday's Yale Springtime Invitational begins at 10:00 a.m. from the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex in New Haven, with entries yet to still be released.
A week ago during the Virginia Challenge and the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton, Columbia re-wrote many of the events on the programs top-10 list among a contingent of top-five event finishes.
Seniors Akua Obeng-Akrofi and Sarah Hardie impressed in a pair of events down in Virginia for the women. Obeng-Akrofi was third in the 200m at 23.97, before anchoring the 4x400m relay team to a third place finish in 3:39.74. Hardie ran 2:07.78 in the 800m for seventh, while taking ninth in the 1,500m in a career best 4:24.29.
For Nell Crosby, a 10:03.28 was good enough for second in the 3,000m steeplechase, while Erin Melly was 10th in 10:27.05, and Victoria Ingram also put herself in the Columbia top-10 at 10:45.92. Other top performances for the women included Maryam Hassan taking second in the triple jump at 12.34m (40-5.75), Abby McLaughlin running a personal best in the 5,000m at 16:31.96, and Iman Sule finishing sixth in the 400m at 55.59.
The men had an impressive outing in the 5,000m run, with three upperclassmen finishing near the top. Brian Zabilski became the third Lion to run under 14 minutes in the event at 13:59.18 when he finished eighth, while Kenny Vasbinder clocked a personal best in 14:01.37 for 11th, and Ryan Thomas took 17th in 14:04.21.