BRONX, N.Y. (February 27, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s indoor track and field team will head to the 2014 American Athletic Conference this weekend at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory. The Scarlet Knights will be among the 10 conference teams vying for the championship.
Events begin on Friday, Feb. 8 at 8:30 a.m. and run through the afternoon of Saturday, Mar. 1. The championships will also be available to watch on The American Digital Network.
Among the top conference performances this season for the Scarlet Knights heading into the championship are redshirt senior Asha Ruth (Bowie, Md.) in the 400m and long jump, senior Kristen Bradley (Medford, N.J.) in the pentathlon and high jump and freshman Bryanna Grant (Cranford, N.J.) in the triple jump, along with the 4x400 relay team.
The 4x400 relay team of seniors Corryn Hurrington (Bowie, Md.), Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.), Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.) and Ruth captured their best time of the indoor season at the New Balance Invitational in early February. The Scarlet Knight quartet placed sixth at the event and is the third fastest time in the American.
Ruth also holds the fifth fastest time in the conference in the 400m and fourth best long jump in the American. Ruth crossed the finish line at the Rutgers Invitational in 54.75 in the 400m as she repeated as the event’s champion to kick off the indoor season. Additionally, she reached a distance of 5.97m (19’6.25”) in the long jump in taking second place at the Great Dane Invitational
Bradley enters conference championship action with the seventh best high jump in the American and ranks fifth in the pentathlon. Bradley cleared a height of 1.70m (5’7”), a personal best, twice during the indoor season. She captured the marks at both the Great Dane Invitational in mid-February and at the Rutgers Invitational in December.
Bradley also helped the Scarlet Knights capture the 2014 Metropolitan Invitational title by winning the pentathlon with 3369 points. Her result was also the fourth best pentathlon result in the Rutgers record books.
Also in field events, Grant enters the weekend with the eighth best triple jump mark in the league. Grant leaped to a personal best distance of 12.01m (39’5”) at the Terrier Invitational, where she claimed third in the event.
Last season at the BIG EAST Championships, the Scarlet Knights finished in 10th place. The 4x400 relay team and Ruth in the long jump placed second, while current Scarlet Knights - seniors Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.) and Ugboaja along with junior Christina Dibernardo (Woodbury, N.J.) – raced in the finals of the 60m 400m and 500m respectively.
Following this weekend’s championships, the Rutgers women’s indoor track and field team returns to action at the ECAC Championships in Boston, Mass.
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