PRINCETON, N.J. (December 10, 2011) – Rutgers women’s track and field opened the 2011 indoor season on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the New Year’s Invitational in Jadwin Gym on the campus of Princeton University. Senior Nwamaka Okobi (Freeport, N.Y.) posted a school record in the triple jump, highlighting several standout marks for the Scarlet Knights.
The competitive field featured 13 schools.
"It was an excellent start to the indoor season,” said head coach James Robinson. “As a coaching staff, we are very pleased with how the ladies translated their fall training into good early season performances. We have some adjustments to make in terms of technique and fitness, but we'll head into the winter break with confidence."
Okobi placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 40’ 9.5”/12.43m which set a Rutgers record. The distance was also an ECAC and BIG EAST qualifier. She also finished second in the long jump, leaping 19’ 9.75”/6.04m (ECAC & BE). Her mark in the long jump was the second-best in Rutgers history.
The Scarlet Knights turned in three first-place finishes on the track as Ashley Deckert (Newfield, N.J.) won the mile in 5:04.88 (BE qualifier), Felicia O’Donnell (Franklinville, N.J.) took first in the 1,000-meter with a time of 3:01.58 and Asha Ruth (Bowie, Md.) won the 300-meter in 39.92. Ruth’s time was second-best in Rutgers history. She also competed in the long jump, finishing third with a BIG EAST and ECAC qualifying leap of 18’ 11.75”/5.78m.
Brianna Deming (Webster, N.Y.) finished second in the mile, running a time of 5:07.58 (BE qualifier). Allison Payenski (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) placed second in the 1,000-meter with a time of 3:05.27, while Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.) and Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown, N.J.) both finished runner-up in their respective events. Gillon was second in the 300-meter, clocking a time of 7.69 (BE qualifier) and Farquharson posted a time of 40.41 which was third-best in Rutgers history.
Emily Vargas (Clark, N.J.) took second in the high jump, clearing a height of 5’ 5.75”. Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.) was fifth in the triple jump with a BIG EAST qualifying mark of 38’ 7.5”.
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