BRONX, N.Y. (January 31, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s indoor track and field won the 2014 Metropolitan Championships on Friday at the NYC Armory behind five Scarlet Knight event victories. RU brought home titles in the 200m, 400m, 4x400 relay, long jump and pentathlon along with eight ECAC qualifying marks.
The Scarlet Knights led the 15-team field with 163 points, well ahead of second place St. John’s, who collected 104 points. Fordham finished in third with 92 points.
Rutgers last captured the Metropolitan Championship title in 2010.
"We're very proud of the way the team performed over the last two days of competition,” said head coach James Robinson. “Winning a conference title requires a total team effort and commitment. We scored points in every event that we contested; we didn't enter anyone in the shot put, weight throw or 3000m. To give up three events and still win by such a wide margin was very impressive display of high quality performances. The coaching staff is very proud of the ladies and we look forward to their continued progress throughout the season."
Redshirt senior Asha Ruth (Bowie, Md.) captured three of RU’s five titles. She won the 200m with the third best time in RU history in 24.20, repeated as the long jump champion by leaping to a distance of 5.81m and anchored the winning 4x400 relay title. In the relay, Ruth was joined by senior Corryn Hurrington (Bowie, Md.), senior Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.) and freshman Nicole Nicholas (Jersey City, N.J.) in crossing the finish line with the top time of 3:45.09. All three of Ruth’s results were ECAC qualifying marks.
Other event victories went to Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.) in the 400m and senior Kristen Bradley (Medford, N.J.) in the pentathlon. Ugboaja clocked in with a time of 55.99, in a .29 second margin between first and second place. Bradley, meanwhile, captured 3369 points for not only her first ever pentathlon title, but the fourth best pentathlon result in the Rutgers record books.
The Scarlet Knights also recorded 12 additional top three finishes.
In the 60m, the Scarlet Knights took second and third respectively with senior Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.) finishing with a season best time of 7.60, followed by Ruth in third at 7.65. Both times were ECAC qualifying marks.
Rutgers also had second place showings on the track in the mile, 5000m, 60m hurdles, as well as the with the distance medley relay squad. Junior Allison Payenski (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) captured her best time of the season thus far in the mile clocking in at 5:07.62, while sophomore Paige Senatore (Delsea, N.J.) posted a personal best of 17:48.15 in the 500m. Payenski also joined teammates freshman Kaitlyn Bedard (Ringoes, N.J.), junior Christina Dibernardo (Woodbury, N.Y.) and junior Felicia O’Donnell (Franklinville, N.J.) on the distance relay team that combined for a time of 12:19.68. Sophomore Kaprice James (Roselle, N.J. , meanwhile, logged a time of 8.86 in the 60m hurdles.
In the field events, freshman Bryanna Grant (Roselle, N.J.) made her Metropolitan Championships debut with a second place showing in the triple jump at a distance of 11.77m.
Rutgers also had Scarlet Knights place third in the high jump, pole vault and long jump. Kristen Bradley reached a height of 1.60m in the high jump, while junior Sonya Schement (Murphy, Texas) cleared 3.45m in the pole vault. Ugboaja, meanwhile, finished behind teammate and long jump champion Ruth in the event at 5.61m.
The Rutgers women’s indoor track and field squad returns to action at the Valentine’s Invitational in Boston, Mass on Friday, Feb. 7.
2014 Metropolitan Championship Results
1. Rutgers – 163
2. St. John’s 104
3. Fordham – 92
4. So. Conn. St. – 83
5. Manhattan - 80
2. Tylia Gillon – 7.60 (ECAC Qualifier)
3. Asha Ruth – 7.65 (ECAC Qualifier)
1. Asha Ruth – 24.20 (ECAC Qualifier)
3. Tylia Gillon – 24.68 (ECAC Qualifier)
10. Kaprice James – 25.82
18. Jillian Grant – 26.36
1. Ekene Ugboaja – 55.99 (ECAC Qualifier)
5. Corryn Hurrington – 57.49
18. Victoria Clark – 1:01.98
6. Jillian Grant – 1:17.47
7. Christina Dibernardo – 1:17.66
22. Rachel Leeke – 1:22.94
5. Nichole Nicholas – 2:14.40 (ECAC Qualifier)
26. Vanessa Arientyl – 2:32.25
3. Felicia O’Donnell – 3:00.95
2. Allison Payenski – 5:07.62
8. Kaityln Bedard – 5:16.08
2. Paige Senatore – 17:48.15
2. Kaprice James – 8.86
1. Rutgers (Hurrington, Ugboaja, Nicholas, Ruth) – 3:45.09 (ECAC Qualifier)
4. Rutgers (Miller, Leeke, Calazans, V. Clark) – 9:44.92
2. Rutgers (Bedard, Dibernardo, O’Donnell, Payenski) – 12:19.68
3. Kristen Bradley – 1.60m
3. Sonya Schement – 3.45m
5. Colleen McDowell – 3.15m
1. Asha Ruth – 5.81m (ECAC Qualifier)
3. Ekene Ugboaja – 5.61m
2. Bryanna Grant – 11.77m
6. Adrienne Williams – 11.18m
1. Kristen Bradley - 3369
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