NEW YORK – The Columbia track & field teams play host to the Columbia Challenge at the NYC Armory, which kicks off Thursday and concludes Saturday.

The meet runs concurrently with the Dr. Sander Invitational, also at the Armory. Day one on Thursday features the multi-events, while the Friday portion gets under way at 10:15 a.m., and the Saturday meet begins at 9:30 a.m., with a full schedule of events found here. Coverage of the meet can be seen through USATF.tv / RunnerSpace +Plus, while the Armory will provide live results.

Along with the Lions, the teams competing in the Columbia portion of the meet include Albany, BYU, UConn, Duke, Georgetown, Missouri, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn, St. John's, South Carolina, UCLA, Villanova, and Wisconsin.

Last weekend, the Lions took part in a pair of meets, including the NYC Gotham Cup in Staten Island and the Datrmouth-Yale-Columbia tri-meet in Hanover, New Hampshire.

The Columbia men were highlighted by Robert O’Brien, who broke his own school record in the pole vault to take first place in 5.05m (16’6.75). The women combined to win six events, including a pair by first-year Terri Turner, who helped McKenzie Sup, Katie Wasserman, and Sarah Macdonald take the 4x800m title. The other victories came by Alexis Turley-Young in the long jump, Betty Jackson in the 400m, Grace Campbell in the high jump, and the 4x400m relay team of Sydney Petersen, Akua Obeng-Akrofi, Carlita Taylor, and Sydney Groom.