BOSTON, Mass. (March 9, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s indoor track and field program placed fourth at the ECAC Championships hosted by Boston University held this past weekend. In their final meet of the indoor season, the Scarlet Knights placed 10 among the top 10, including a school record in the 200m and second place finish by redshirt senior Asha Ruth (Bowie, Md.) in the long jump.
Rutgers collected 40.50 points en-route to its fourth place finish, with Connecticut earning the ECAC title with 75 points. Cornell placed second with 64 points and Liberty took third with 44 points.
Ruth took second in the long jump at a distance of 6.14m and broke the Rutgers record in the preliminaries of the 200m. She took sixth in the 200m final with her time of 24.06, but in the preliminaries, she ran to a new benchmark of 23.98. Ruth surpases the previous Scarlet Knight record of 24.08 captured by Michelle Gomes at the ECAC Championships in 2010.
In other track events, senior Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.) finished in fourth place in the 60m, racing to a time of 7.54. During the preliminaries, Gillon clocked with a time of 7.49, her best time this indoor season.
Senior Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.) and freshman Nichole Nicholas (Jersey City, N.J.) placed fifth in the 400m and 500m respectively. Ugboaja clocked in at 54.42 in the 400m, a personal best, while Nicholas ran to a time of 1:14.03 in the 500m finals. During the 500m preliminaries, Nicholas recorded a season-best time of 1:13.90.
A pair of Rutgers relay teams finished in the top five. The 4x400 relay team of junior Christina Dibernardo (Woodbury, N.Y.), senior Corryn Hurrington (Bowie, Md.), Gillon and Ugboaja captured third with a time of 3:42.57, while the distance relay team of junior Felicia O’Donnell (Franklinville, N.J.), junior Jillian Grant (Matawan, N.J.), freshman Kaitlyn Bedard (Ringoes, N.J.) and junior Allison Payenski (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) registered a time of 11:48.45 for fifth.
In addition to Ruth’s second place mark in the long jump, Ugboaja also helped Rutgers collect points taking fourth place in the event. Ugboaja reached a distance of 5.75m, her best result of the indoor campaign this season.
Also in the field events, senior Kristen Bradley (Medford, N.J.) placed seventh in the high jump at a height of 1.68m, while freshman Bryanna Grant (Cranford, N.J.) took ninth in the triple jump at 12.12m Grant recorded a season-best in the triple jump, besting her previous distance by .11m.
The outdoor season will begin on Friday, March 21 when the Rutgers women’s track and field team travels to the Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Fla.
ECAC Championship Results
1. Connecticut – 75
2. Cornell – 64
3. Liberty – 44
4. Rutgers – 40.50
5. Georgetown - 33
4. Tylia Gillon – 7.54
6. Asha Ruth – 24.06
5. Ekene Ugboaja – 54.42
18. Christina Dibernardo – 56.43
24. Corryn Hurrington – 57.01
5. Nicole Nicholas – 1:14.03
29. Paige Senatore – 9:52.33
3. Rutgers (Christina Dibernardo, Tylia Gillon, Corryn Hurrington, Ekene Ugboaja) – 3:42.57
5. Rutgers (Felicia O’Donnell, Jillian Grant, Kaitlyn Bedard, Allison Payenski) – 11:48.45
7. Kristen Bradley – 1.68m/5’6”
2. Asha Ruth – 6.14m/20’1.75”
4. Ekene Ugboaja – 5.75m/18’10.5”
9. Bryanna Grant – 12.12m /39’9.25’
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