SPORTS: Lions win several Ivy and national titles

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Merber breaks four-minute barrier

Kyle Merber '12CC / Photo: Gene BoyarsRunner Kyle Merber ’12CC accomplished a rare feat at an NCAA championship qualifying event hosted by Columbia on March 5, becoming only the second Ivy League athlete to run a four-minute indoor mile. Merber won the event with a time of 3:58.52, surpassing his own personal best by four seconds and setting a new Ivy record. Merber’s time also ranks him among the top runners in the country this year, with the seventh-fastest mile time nationally. “Crossing the finish line and looking up at the clock was an unbelievable feeling,” Merber told HepsTrack. com. “The fact that I was able to break such a barrier at this point in my career is beyond my wildest dreams.”


Fastest foursome

Sharay Hale '12CC / Photo: Gene BoyarsThe women’s 4x400 meter relay squad, consisting of Kyra Caldwell ’12CC, Yamira Bell ’13CC, Kristen Houp ’12CC, and Sharay Hale ’12CC, clocked a startling time of 3:38.04 at the Columbia Last Chance Meet, an NCAA championship qualifying event, on March 5. Their time was the fastest ever by Ivy League women in the indoor 4x400. In fact, no team had ever broken 3:40 indoors; Cornell had come the closest, with a group that ran 3:40.06 in 2005. Later in the spring, the entire women’s track-and-field team proved it was among the nation’s best when the Lions finished second out of almost 100 teams at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in Princeton, N.J.

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