PRINCETON, N.J. (December 7, 2013) – Redshirt senior Asha Ruth (Bowie, Md.) helped kick off the indoor track & field season by setting a new school record in the 300m on Saturday to highlight Rutgers’ results at the New Year’s Invitational hosted by Princeton.
"We had some very good performances in our first competition,” said head coach James Robinson. “Overall, I think the team competed with a lot of toughness and displayed a good level of fitness. They've trained hard all fall semester and these performances should provide them with a great deal of confidence as they head into winter break."
Ruth was among a trio of first place finishes for the Scarlet Knights. Ruth took first and broke the school mark with a time of 39.50, besting the previous RU record of 39.75 set by Jacqueline Todd at the Princeton Relays in 2005 and her previous best of 39.92 set at the New Year’s Invite in 2011.
Right behind Ruth in the 300m was teammate senior Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.) in second place. Gillon’s time of 40.39 was the third fastest time in RU history.
Also taking first on the track was Rutgers’ 4x400 relay team. The squad, consisting of freshman Nicole Nicholas (Jersey City, N.J.), sophomore Alayna Famble (Stockbridge, Ga.), junior Jillian Grant (Matawan, N.J.)and Ruth, captured an ECAC qualifying time of 3:51.22.
In the field events, the Scarlet Knights were led by senior Kristen Bradley (Medford, N.J.) in the high jump. Bradley won the event at a height of 1.70m, both an ECAC qualifying mark and personal best. Bradley’s previous best was 1.67m in her second place finish at last year’s Princeton Quad Meet.
Other notable performances included the debuts of freshman Nicole Nicholas (Jersey City, N.J.)and junior Sonya Schement (Murphy, Texas) along with a second place performance by senior Ashley Deckert (Newfield, N.J.) in the 1000m.
Nicholas, who was a member of the winning 4x400 team, also placed second in the 600m with her time of 1:33.17. Schement, a mid-year transfer last season, made her first appearance as a Scarlet Knight taking third in the pole vault, reaching a height of 3.30m.
In the 1000m, Deckert ran to an ECAC qualifying time of 2:56.41.
The Rutgers women’s indoor track & field team returns to action at the Rutgers Invitational held at the Bubble on Busch campus on Jan. 10-11.
New Year’s Invitational Results
1. Asha Ruth – 39.50
2. Tylia Gillon – 40.39
5. Corryn Hurrington – 41.09
6. Alayna Famble – 41.11
18. Kaprice James – 43.14
23. Drew Andrews – 43.96
27. Vanessa Arientyl – 44.84
2. Nicole Nicholas – 1:33.17
12. Rachel Leeke – 1:39.49
13. Jillian Grant – 1:40.32
14. Ellen Miller – 1:41.96
2. Ashley Deckert – 2:56.41
1. Rutgers (Nicholas, Famble, Grant, Ruth) – 3:51.22
3. Rutgers (Andrews, Hurrington, Famble, Leeke) – 4:00.68
12. Rutgers (V. Clark, Bradley, E. Clark, Arientyl) – 4:12.15
1. Kristen Bradley – 1.70m
2. Emily Vargas – 1.60m
3. Sonya Schement – 3.30m
6. Adrienne Williams – 5.34m
11. Kristen Bradley – 5.19m
12. Emily Vargas – 5.15m
10. Emily Vargas – 10.39m
10. Adrienne Williams – 10.39m
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