In 2002, the Columbia Women's cross country team won its
first of four consecutive team Ivy League Championships. A key figure in the
championship run for the Lions was 2004 graduate Caitlin Hickin from
The four-time all-state runner from Queensbury High School
came to Columbia in 2000 and garnered first team All-Ivy League honors in her first
year. Hickin went on to earn All-Region honors and immediately demonstrated
that she would be a force for the Lions.
In a fantastic sophomore season, she led the Lions at the
2001 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships with a second place individual finish,
then the highest finish in program history. Her strong year continued as she
earned All-Region honors with a fourth-place finish in the NCAA Northeast
Regionals. Hickin became the first Columbia Women's cross country All-American
by placing 20th at the NCAA National Championships.
Following her cross country success, Hickin turned her focus
to the indoor track season where she continued to flourish. She broke two
indoor school records in the 5000m and the mile during the 2001-02 season.
In 2992, Hickin led the women's cross country team to its
first Ivy League title. For the third consecutive season she garnered All-Ivy
League and All-Regional honors.
As captain in her senior season in 2003, Hickin led Columbia
to its second Heps title behind a then-Columbia record time at Van Cortlandt
Park of 12.21.0. Hickin finished her collegiate career as the only Lion to
compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in all four years. She
currently ranks amongst the top five in Columbia history in the indoor track
5000m and top ten in the indoor mile.