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Women’s Indoor Track & Field Claims Metropolitan Championship Title
Scarlet Knights Win Five Events & Take Home Eight ECAC Qualifying Marks
  • Posted on January 31, 2014 10:52:07 PM
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    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

    60m Hurdles

    2. Kaprice James – 8.86

    4x400 Relay

    1. Rutgers (Hurrington, Ugboaja, Nicholas, Ruth) – 3:45.09 (ECAC Qualifier)

    4x800 Relay

    4. Rutgers (Miller, Leeke, Calazans, V. Clark) – 9:44.92

    Distance Relay

    2. Rutgers (Bedard, Dibernardo, O’Donnell, Payenski) – 12:19.68

    High Jump

    3. Kristen Bradley – 1.60m

    Pole Vault

    3. Sonya Schement – 3.45m

    5. Colleen McDowell – 3.15m

    Long Jump

    1. Asha Ruth – 5.81m (ECAC Qualifier)

    3. Ekene Ugboaja – 5.61m

    Triple Jump

    2. Bryanna Grant – 11.77m

    6. Adrienne Williams – 11.18m


    1. Kristen Bradley - 3369


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