Women's Track and Field Team

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The Women's Track and Field Team competes in Track and Field both indoor and outdoor events at the varsity sports level, primarily at The Armory in New York City on 168th St and Broadway. The current head coach is Willy Woods.


Cross Country

Ivy League Top 5000 Meter Times:

Time Athlete Year
17:01.4 Caroline Bierbaum 2005
17:12.2 Caroline Bierbaum 2004
17:18.9 Caroline McDonough 2010
17:21.2 Caitlin Hicken 2003

The Columbia Women's Cross Country team has won 4 Ivy League Heptagonal Team Championships, all within the span of 2002 to 2005.[1]


Ivy League Records:

Event Performance Athlete Year
200m Dash 23.68 Sharay Hale 2011
60m Hurdles 8.44 Kyra Caldwell 2011
4x400m Relay 3:39.46 Relay Team 2011

The Women's Track and Field Team won its first Indoor Ivy League Title in 2011. Sprinter Sharay Hale was awarded the Most Outstanding Performer both in 2010 and 2011, after winning multiple Ivy League titles in both years. [2]


Ivy League Records:

Event Performance Athlete Year
200m Dash 23.65 Sharay Hale 2011
10,000m Run 32:44.51 Caroline Bierbaum 2005
4x400m Relay 3:35.69 Relay Team 2010
Javelin Throw 161-09 Lindsey Stephenson 2002

Hurdler Kyra Caldwell was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2010 Ivy League Outdoor Championship, with Sharay Hale receiving the same honor one year later. [3]

Recent Performance

Cross Country

The women’s cross country team has won the Ivy League Heptagonal championship four times in the past decade. Representatives of the women’s team competed in six consecutive NCAA Championships from 2000-05, finishing 11th in 2002 and 13th in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Columbia won the 2002 NCAA Northeast Regionals, and finished second from 2003-2005. In 2010, the Lion women also won their 13th consecutive Metropolitan Cross Country Championship. In 2013, Waverly Neer took 2nd place in the Ivy League Championships.


In 2012, the women's team won their first Indoor Ivy League Championship title, with individual wins from Marvellous Iheukwumere (200m), Miata Morlu (400m), Waverly Neer (5000m), Monique Roberts (High Jump), Uju Ofoche (Long Jump), and Nadia Eke (Triple Jump). Neer went on to place 15th in the 3000m at the NCAA Championships.

At the 2013 Ivy League Indoor Championship, Marvellous Iheukwumere took two Ivy titles in the 60m and 200m dashes. Seniors Uju Ofoche and Queen Okeke won individual titles in the long jump and triple jump, respectively. Nadia Eke placed 2nd in the triple jump and 3rd in the long jump. Back on the track, Erin Gillingham took 2nd in the mile and Trina Bills 3rd in the 800m.


At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Columbia women have put up some impressive performances. In the 5000m, Waverly Neer took 15th in 2013 and Caroline McDonough 14th in 2010. Also in 2010, Sharay Hale placed 9th in the 400m. In 2012, just a freshman, Nadia Eke placed 8th in the triple jump.

At the 2013 Ivy League Outdoor Championship, Marvellous Iheukwumere took 4 individual titles in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m. Other members of the winning 4x100m team included Uju Ofoche, Iris Chijioke, and Jaycee Parker. Neer won the 5000m and took 3rd in the 3000m. Erin Gillingham and Trina Bills placed 3rd in the 1500m and 800m, respectively. In the long jump, Uju Ofoche took the title and Nadia Eke took 3rd. In the triple, Eke took 2nd and Queen Okeke 3rd.

Current Coaching Staff

  • Willy Wood - Director of Cross Country/Track and Field
    • Wood joined the CU Cross Country and Track & Field program in 1994
  • Reuben Jones - Assistant Coach (Jumps)
  • Nicole Blood - Assistant Coach (Distance)
  • Will Boylan-Pett - Assistant Coach (Distance)
  • Elliot Blount - Assistant Coach (Sprints)
  • Benjamin Waruch - Assistant Coach (Throws and Multis)
  • Erison Hurtault - Assistant Coach (Sprints)
    • After graduating from Columbia, Hurtault ran in the Men's 400m for Dominica in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
  • Chelsea Severn - Volunteer Assistant Coach (Sprints)


Notable Alumni

  • Caroline Bierbaum - 5000m and 10000m
  • Lindsey Stephenson - Javelin Throw
  • Delilah DiCrescenzo - 1500m, 5000m, and 3000m Steeplechase

Hey There Delilah

DiCrescenzo is the subject of the Plain White T's song "Hey There Delilah". She had met Plain White T's singer Tom Higgenson through a mutual friend. Higgenson was inspired to write the song after meeting her. Though the two were never in a relationship, Delilah did attend the 2008 Grammy Award show as the guest of Higgenson.[5]