Sports Editor Abby Rubel doesn’t have to leave her nest to bring you the latest from Columbia Athletics. And you don’t have to leave your nest to read it!
Women’s Cross Country: The Lions will head to Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday for the NCAA Championships after taking first place at Regionals last weekend. They enter the competition ranked 19th, up one slot from last week’s rankings. Cross Country director Dan Ireland is the Ivy League and Northeast Region Coach of the Year. Eight seniors will compete, including Libby Kokes and Erin Gregoire, who placed fourth and seventh at regionals.
Fencing: The Light Blue will host NJIT, Stevens, and Johns Hopkins for one of two home meets of the seasons today. Bouts will begin at 5:00 pm. In October at the Temple Open, the team took home four gold, two silver, and five bronze medals. Last Tuesday, the Lions faced NYU in their first duel meet of the season and dominated, winning 18-9 and claiming their first win of the season.
Football: Columbia (5-4, 2-4 Ivy) will finish its season with a home game against Cornell (3-6, 2-4 Ivy) on Saturday at 1:05 pm. Although neither team is in the running for the Ivy title, a win this weekend would give Columbia its first pair of back-to-back winning seasons since 1961-2. (Fun fact: the last time the boys in blue won 9 whole games, women couldn’t vote and World War I was 11 years away—it was 1903.) It’s unclear which quarterback will start the game. Columbia continues to struggle with injuries, with more than 20 players missing some action so far this season, including the two top receivers and top two runningbacks. All four starting quarterbacks have been injured at some point. Nineteen seniors will be honored at pregame, but it’s ok! Depending on individual circumstances, some of them could be back next season, apparently.
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