Sophomore Ilana Brown of the New York University women’s track & field team set a new school record for the outdoor pole vault at the College of New Jersey Invitational on Saturday, April 12, in Ewing, NJ.

In doing so, Brown broke her own record in the event for the third time. Originally etching her name in the NYU record books with a mark of 3.04m in the spring of 2013, she exceeded that height with a new mark of 3.05m later in the same season. At the University of South Florida Bulls Invitational, the first event of the 2014 outdoor season, Brown established a new Violet standard of 3.20m, which she eclipsed by achieving a mark of 3.30m at the TCNJ Invitational.

Brown’s result was good for third place in the event and was one of several notable Violet performances on the day.


– Sarah Sisk led an impressive NYU contingent in the 800m, finishing second overall and first among collegiate competitors with a career-best time of 2:16.72. Anna Stassen was not far behind with her own personal-best mark of 2:17.04 in fourth place. Two more Violets finished among the top 10, Alyssa Binczyk’s season-best time of 2:19.33 was good for seventh and Becky Turlip’s top collegiate time of 2:19.49 qualified for ninth.

– All four of NYU’s competitors in the the 1,500m placed in the top 10, higlighted by Lily Corsaro, who produced her best time so far this season to finish second at 4:49.05. Francesca Macaluso clocked in at 4:57.14 to finish fourth, while Justine Morris (5:07.09) and Erica Bodhan (5:08.94) established collegiate bests to place seventh and ninth, respectively.

– Sarah Czuprynski placed second in the 3,000m with a time of 10:19.43. Fellow Violet Kassiani Chrysanthopoulos took fifth place, recording a time of 10:36.57.

– Drew Washington (59.32) and Lydia Guo (59.83) provided a pair of sub-one minute performances at 400m. Washington’s time was good for 10th, and was her top mark so far this season. Guo placed 11th and established a new collegiate best.

“Today was a good day for our team,” Head Coach Nick McDonough noted. “We performed well in many different event areas, and a number of our athletes were able to establish new personal bests, highlighted by Ilana’s school record.”

NYU will next compete at the Widener University Invitational in Chester, PA, on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19. Friday’s action is set to begin at 4:00 pm, while Saturday’s events will get underway at 10:00 am.




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