Women's T/F Splits Squad at Georgia Tech and Larry Ellis Invites

April 20, 2017

Georgia Tech Invitational Live Results | Larry Ellis Invitational Live Results 

– The Metropolitan Champions are back to action this weekend as the Rutgers women’s track and field team splits the squad between the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia and the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton.

Last week, Rutgers captured the 2017 Metropolitan Outdoor Championship leading the 12-team field with nine event titles and six runner-up performances.

RU was led by junior Bria Saunders with a trio of titles in the 100m and 200m, as well as anchoring the 4x100m team.

Senior Sarah Robbie and sophomore Phyllis Gordon were also multiple title winners. Robbie placed first in the 800m and with the 4x800m relay squad, while Gordon took the top time in the 400m and with the 4x100m relay team.

Other notable performances on the track included the sixth Metropolitan title of her career for fifth-year senior Paige Senatore in the 5000m, as well as runner-up performances by freshman Nadia Saponara in the 5000m and junior Sabrina Alexander in the 100m hurdles.

Rutgers collected a pair of field event victories with sophomore Rhonda Rogombe in the high jump and senior javelin Katherine Johnston in the javelin.



The Scarlet Knights also posted second place showings by junior Oksana Sokolova in the long jump, sophomore Halia Rosemond with a season-best throw in the discus and freshman Alison Chomsky in the javelin.

Additionally, senior Drew Andrews was the runner-up in the heptathlon with a career-best 4,001 points.

The 4x100m team, including returning Scarlet Knights Phyllis Gordon and Bria Saunders, captured the event title at last year’s Georgia Tech Invitational to highlight the Rutgers results a year ago.

The relay team posted a time of 44.99, just short of the Rutgers school record of 44.71 set by Gabrielle Farquharson, Asha Ruth, Corryn Hurrington and Tylia Gillon at the NCAA East Region in 2013.

Gordon and Saunders also teamed up in the 4x400m relay where the Scarlet Knights logged their best time of the 2016 outdoor campaign in 3:38.23 in a third place showing.

Individually, Saunders placed third in the 100m, only tenths of a second shy of her PR in a time of 11.81 and Gordon placed sixth in the 400m, setting her current PR of 54.41.

Rutgers gears up for the prestigious Penn Relays held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on April 27-29.

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