NEW YORK - Sharay Hale and Jeff Spear have been named the Student-Athletes of the Month for February. Both student-athletes concluded their successful month of February by earning first team All-Ivy League recognition at their respective conference tournaments on February 27-28.
Hale is on her way to becoming one of the most decorated athletes in Columbia history after her performance in February at the 2010 Indoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The sophomore won titles in both the 200 and 400m dashes in such a dominating fashion that she was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet.
After running the fastest preliminary time ever in the 400m, Hale improved on her incredible performance in the finals. She won the event in 53.79, the second fastest time in Heps history, behind former Olympian Meredith Rainey. Hale continued her domination in the 200m dash just a short time later when she won the event in a time of 24.20, a new Ivy League Championships meet record. The old meet record of 24.22 was set 13 years ago, and Hale had threatened to break it in the preliminaries, as she ran the fastest prelim time in meet history at 24.24.
Hale also ranks nationally in both events. Her time in the 200m is currently 21st in the nation, while her time in the 400m is the 10th fastest in the nation.
Senior fencer Spear earned first team All-Ivy League honors for the third straight season after going 12-3 during the 2010 Ivy League Championships. Spear was dominant on the first day of the round-robin competition, which spanned two weekends in February.
On February 21, Spear had a stellar performance, going a perfect 6-0 against Yale and Brown in men's sabre.
On February 28, against top fencers from Princeton, Penn and Harvard, Spear posted a 6-3 mark during the final day of competition to cement his spot among the league's best. Spear's 12-3 record was tied for second best in men's sabre.
Earlier in the month, Spear was part of the eight-man United States senior men's sabre team that traveled to Budapest, Hungary. Fencing against some of the best in the world, Spear won two bouts in the year's first international World Cup fencing event.