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Wood Steps Down as Columbia's Director of Cross Country/Track & Field

Wood Steps Down as Columbia's Director of Cross Country/Track & Field

Courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations

NEW YORK -- Willy Wood, Columbia's Director of Cross Country/Track & Field since 1994, has resigned his position at Columbia to pursue new opportunities in his professional career, Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education announced today.

Wood has presided over arguably the most successful period of Columbia Cross Country and Track and Field in school history. Wood's teams have won eight Ivy League Heptagonal championships, including three in men's cross country, four in women's cross country and one in women's indoor track and field. Wood has coached student-athletes to 25 All-America honors, 39 first team All-Ivy League honors, and an impressive 129 individual Ivy League event titles.

The 2013 men's cross country team was the most successful men's cross country team in school history. In addition to winning the 2013 the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, the team finished second at the NCAA Northeast Regional.

Under Willy's coaching, track star Erison Hurtault became the first Ivy League student-athlete to win the Ivy League title in an event all four years – in both the indoor and outdoor 400m. Sprinters Sharay Hale '13CC, Kyra Caldwell '12CC and Marvellous Iheukwumere '14CC won 27 Ivy League titles during their tenure.

Columbia will begin a national search for a new Director of Cross Country/Track & Field in the coming days.