SACRAMENTO, CA – Seniors Marquis Allen (Mays Landing, NJ) and Shameka Marshall (Mispah, NJ) each advanced to the finals of the long jump competition at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, CA.
Allen, the 2005 BIG EAST and IC4A Outdoor Champion in the long jump, moved on to the finals with a qualifying leap of 24’ 2½”.This marks the first appearance for Rutgers’ record-holder in both the indoor and outdoor long jump.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Marquis to finish in the top 12 out of 26 athletes in just his first appearance at the national meet,” said men’s head coach Mike Mulqueen. “Coach (Kevin) Kelly has done a fantastic job with him.”
Marshall advanced to the finals after posting a mark of 20’ 2¼”. Marshall also competed in the first round of the 100m hurdles, narrowly missing the semifinals with a 22nd place finish (13.82).
This is Marshall’s third trip to the NCAA Championships following a stellar outdoor season in which she was the 2005 BIG EAST and ECAC Outdoor Champion in both the long jump and 100-meter hurdles. She was also named the 2005 Mondo Mid-Atlantic Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year.
“Shameka has as good a chance as anyone,” said women’s head coach Roberta Anthes. “I was very proud of how she performed yesterday (qualifying round).”
Allen and Marshall can each earn All-American honors if they finish among the top eight American citizens.
Also competing at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships was senior Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA). Phipps ran 2:09.33 in the first round of the 800-meter run to finish in 23rd place, falling just shy of the semifinals.
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