PRINCETON, NJ - Using a balanced effort, the Rutgers women’s track and field team finished first in the nine-team field at the Princeton Relays on Jan. 24, while the men’s team, which sent only a few competitors, finished ninth.
The women’s team boasted seven first-place finishes on its way to the victory. In the sprints, sophomore Jaqueline Todd (Willingboro, NJ) won the 400 meters (57.69), while freshman Ariel Brockman (Marlton, NJ) took second in the 60-meter dash (7.85). The team had several excellent performances in the distance events with junior Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA) taking the 800 meters (2:20.21) and junior Belmax DeJesus (Fort Lee, NJ) winning the mile (5:12.31).
The Scarlet Knights dominated the field events. Junior Shameka Marshall (Mizpah, NJ) won the long jump (6.11m), senior Desiree Battle (Syracuse, NY) took the triple jump (11.72), senior Kiara Adams (Westminster, MD) was victorious in the shot put (13.44m) and sophomore Cycerli Ash (Beach Lake, PA) won the 20-pound weight (16.49m).
Despite sending only a skeleton crew, the men’s team had several outstanding finishes. Junior Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) won the shot put (16.50m) and took fifth in the 35-pound weight (15.95m). Sophomore Marquis Allen (Mays Landing, NJ) finished third in the long jump (7.03m) and junior Dustin Runkle (Fort Wayne, IN) took third in the pole vault (4.45m). The team garnered another third-place finish from sophomore Gary Peters (Bronx, NY) in the triple jump (14.47).
The men return to action on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Columbia Invitational, while the women will have two weeks off before heading to the Metropolitan Championships on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8.