BRONX, N.Y. (January 18, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s indoor track & field team placed seven in the top ten at the Great Dane Invitational on Friday led by redshirt senior Asha Ruth’s (Bowie, Md.) second place long jump finish and third place 200m result that places her among the top 20 in the country.
The Scarlet Knights placed seventh overall with 40 points. Connecticut repeated as the Great Dane champions with 117 points followed by Villanova with 82.5 points and Buffalo with 75 points.
"We had the opportunity to compete against a lot of good teams,” said head coach James Robinson. “Although we're utilizing the competitions to place people in the events that will help them peak by the American Conference Championships, we were still able to score many points in the team race. Finishing seventh amongst the 30 plus team field continued our strong early performances."
Ruth took second place in the long jump at a distance of 5.97m. Her jump was not only an ECAC qualifying mark, but currently places her 20th in the country.
Ruth also placed third in the 200m racing to a time of 24.36 in the event. Her time was also an ECAC qualifying mark and currently the 17th fastest time in the nation.
Senior Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.) took fourth in the 60m. She captured an ECAC qualifying time of 7.65 in the finals, while her preliminary time of 7.61 was her best of the season thus far.
Rutgers placed second in the distance medley relay. The team consisting of freshman Kaitlyn Bedard (Ringoes, N.J.), senior Corryn Hurrington (Bowie, Md.), junior Felicia O’Donnell (Franklinville, N.J.) and junior Allison Payenski (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) clocked in at 12:12.34.
Rounding out RU’s top ten times at the Great Dane Invitational was senior Rachel Leeke (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in the 500m. Leeke registered a time of 1:18.80.
In addition to Ruth’s second place finish in the long jump, the Scarlet Knights had two additional top ten placements in the field events. Senior Kristen Bradley (Medford, N.J.) tied her personal best with an ECAC qualifying height of 1.70m in the high jump. Bradley had also captured 1.70m in the event at last weekend’s Rutgers Invitational. Additionally, senior Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.) took seventh in the long jump at a distance of 5.47m.
The Rutgers women’s indoor track & field team returns to action in traveling to Boston, Mass. to participate in the Terrier Classic on Friday, Jan. 24.
Great Dane Invitational Results
1. Connecticut -117
2. Villanova - 82.5
3. Buffalo - 75
4. George Mason - 60
5. Albany - 56.5
7. Rutgers - 40
4. Tylia Gillon – 7.65 (ECAC Qualifier)
3. Asha Ruth – 24.36 (ECAC Qualifier)
27. Gillian Grant – 25.54
31. Corryn Hurrington – 25.66
9. Rachel Leeke – 1:18.80
12. Kaitlyn Bedard – 2:20.41
20. Ellen Miller – 2:24.28
13. Felicia O’Donnell – 3:04.92
Distance Medley Relay:
2. Rutgers (Bedard, Hurrington, O’Donnell, Payenski) – 12:12.34
5. Kristen Bradley – 1.70m (ECAC Qualifier)
2. Asha Ruth – 5.97m (ECAC Qualifier)
7. Ekene Ugboaja – 5.47m
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