PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (April 26, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s outdoor track & field team smashed the 4x200 school record and the 4x100 squad captured first in the ECAC Finals with their best time yet this season to highlight the Scarlet Knights’ performances through the first two days of the 119th running of the Penn Relays,
The 4x100 relay team, just missed out of making the championships finals by one spot on Friday afternoon despite running to its best time of the season. Advancing to the ECAC Final, the Scarlet Knight team of sophomore Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown, N.J.), senior Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.), junior Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.) and redshirt junior Asha Ruth (Bowie, Md.), improved upon their opening heat time to take first place in 45.27. It is the best performance by a BIG EAST squad thus far this outdoor season.
RU’s relay team of Farquharson, Ugboaja, Gillon and Ruth were not done on Friday as they set a new Scarlet Knight record in taking second in the heats of the 4x200 to advance to Saturday’s prestigious Championship of America Finals. The Scarlet Knights collected a time of 1:34.17, besting the previous Rutgers benchmark by three seconds set at the Penn Relays back in 2010. Rutgers, the second seed in Saturday’s race, will also face Texas A&M, South Carolina, Norfolk State, Houston and George Mason in the championship final.
In other relay action, the distance medley relay team of sophomore Felicia O’Donnell (Franklinville, N.J.), Farquharson, sophomore Allison Payenski (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) and junior Ashley Deckert (Newfield, N.J.) took sixth in the college section by logging a time of 11:46.40.
Ugboaja also found success in the field events. Ugboaja reached a distance of 5.86m (BIG EAST & ECAC Qualifier), placing her third in the Eastern long jump, her best mark this outdoor season.
In other field events on Friday, senior Alexandra Kelly (Florham Park, N.J.) captured a BIG EAST, ECAC and NCAA Regional qualifying mark in taking fifth in the javelin championship. Kelly threw for a distance of 46.12, currently the second best mark in the BIG EAST.
The Rutgers women’s track & field team returns to action on Saturday in the final day of action at the Penn Relays. Follow Saturday’s action at PennRelaysOnline.com.
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