NEW YORK – A pair of meets highlight the weekend for the Columbia track & field teams, who travel to Staten Island for the Metropolitan Championships and the Villanova Invitational.

Thursday and Friday bring forth the Metropolitan Championships, where a large contingent of Lions plan to compete, while Saturday’s Villanova Invitational brings a smaller crew to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. Live Results are available for both meets through the Ocean Breeze website

Last time out, the Lions hosted the Columbia Challenge as part of the Dr. Sander Invitational at the NYC Armory last weekend. A school record fell and one Lion took the tape on the men’s side during the two-day event.

Sophomore Daniel Igbokwe improved on his school record in the triple jump, claiming second place on the Saturday portion of the meet. The Chelmsford, England, native went out to 15.53m (50-11.5) on his third attempt, outdoing his previous best from last season of 15.17m (49-9.25). Igbokwe’s mark was the second farthest triple jump this winter in the Ivy League.

During his first ever race at 1,000m, Josiah Langstaff was able to vanquish the field, taking the tape in 2:23.53, which was 1.4 seconds better than his nearest competitor. The junior posted the seventh fastest time in school history in the process, and now has the second best time in the 1,000m this year in the Ivy League.   

The women’s team posted three top-five finishes last Friday. Sydney Petersen took home second place in the 500m, clocking a 1:14.48, while Katie Wasserman finished third in the 1,000m run at 2:55.11, and Sarah Macdonald was fifth in the same race at 2:55.79.