WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 6, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s outdoor track and field team won the 2014 Colonial Relays, marking the second straight season the Scarlet Knights have captured the meet title and the first team to repeat as champions in the event's 49 year history.
"We had a total team effort in repeating as team champions,” said Rutgers head coach James Robinson. “ We had outstanding contributions, personal bests, we set two2 facility & meet records and capped off the meet by setting a new record in the sprint medley relay. The coaching staff is very proud of their accomplishment and now set our sights on next weekend’s competition."
Rutgers picked up nine ECAC qualifying marks en-route to collecting 111 points in the event. Villanova placed second with 76 points, followed by Delaware in third with 64 points.
The sprint medley relay team of redshirt senior Asha Ruth (Bowie, Md.), junior Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown, N.J.), senior Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.) and freshman Nichole Nicholas (Jersey City, N.J.) registered not only a new school record, but a new Colonial Relay and Zable Stadium record in a time of 3:53.42 for first place. They bested the previous mark of 3:53.6 set by Seton Hall in 1994.
RU’s 4x200 team also set a new Colonial Relay and Zable Stadium benchmark. The team of Ugboaja, Ruth, sophomore Alayna Famble (Stockbridge, Ga.) and Farquharson clocked in a first place performance at 1:37.14, surpassing the previous time of 1:37.32 set by Seton Hall back in 1996.
Additionally, Rutgers’ 4x100 team came in first as senior Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.), Ugboaja, Farquharson and Ruth logged a time of 45.82.
Ruth, who ran with all three first place relay squads, also took home the 200m and 400m titles. In the 200m, Ruth finished with a time of 23.85, tying her personal best from her sixth place finish at the 2012 BIG EAST outdoor championships. The 400m saw Ruth cross the finish line in 54.10, another personal best and the second best time in the event in RU history. Her previous best in the 400m came during the outdoor season with a seventh place performance at the 2012 ECAC Championship.
Junior Christina Dibernardo (Woodbury, N.Y.) brought home a title in the 800m. Racing to a time of 2:15.08 in the University Division, Dibernardo clocked in a full second ahead of second place for her best time yet this season.
Farquharson, in addition to her trio of relay appearances, recorded a trio of second place finishes at the meet. Farquharson finished behind Ruth in both the 200m and 400m and was also the runner-up in the long jump. She clocked in at 24.22 in the 200m, a personal best and third best time in the RU record book. Farquharson also ran to a time of 54.31 in the 400m. In the long jump, she reached a distance of 5.71m.
Gillon picked up a pair of ECAC qualifying and season best times in the 100m and 200m. Gillon posted a second place time of 11.95 in the 100m and raced to third place time of 24.42 in the 200m to help the Scarlet Knights finish 1-2-3 in the event.
Other notable performances by the Scarlet Knights included junior Jillian Grant (Matawan, N.J.) collecting a time of 1:02.37 in the 400m hurdles for fourth, as well as freshman Bryanna Grant (Cranford, N.J.) leaping to 11.75m in the triple jump for fourth, as well as Ugboaja taking fourth in the long jump at 5.63m. Additionally, senior Kristen Bradley (Medford, N.J.) took fifth in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.65m and senior Elaina Mezzasalma (Morganville, N.J.) threw for 42.91m in the javelin for an ECAC qualifying mark.
The Rutgers women’s outdoor track and field team returns to action next weekend at the Spec Towns Invitational hosted by the University of Georgia.
COLONIAL RELAYS RESULTS
1. Rutgers - 111
2. Villanova – 76
3. Delaware – 64
4. William & Mary – 57
5. Bucknell - 51
4. Tylia Gillon – 11.85 (ECAC Qualifier)
1. Asha Ruth – 23.85 (ECAC Qualifier)
2. Gabrielle Farquharson – 24.22 (ECAC Qualifier)
3. Tylia Gillon – 24.42 (ECAC Qualifier)
11. Alayna Famble – 25.20
71. Corryn Hurrington – 27.01
1. Asha Ruth – 54.10 (ECAC Qualifier)
2. Gabrielle Farquharson – 54.31 (ECAC Qualifier)
11. Alayna Famble – 57.31
1. Christina Dibernardo – 2:15.08
49. Rachel Leeke – 2:24.46
800m (Seeded University)
29. Nicole Nicholas – 2:15.96
19. Drew Andrews – 15.08
4. Jillian Grant – 1:02.37
1. Rutgers (Gillon, Ugboaja, Farquharson, Ruth) – 45.82 (ECAC Qualifier)
1. Rutgers (Ugboaja, Ruth, Famble, Farquharson) – 1:37.14
8. Rutgers (Grant, Leeke, Dibernardo, Nicholas) – 3:50.15 (ECAC Qualifier)
1600 Sprint Medley
1. Rutgers (Ruth, Farquharson, Ugboaja, Nicholas) – 3:53.42
High Jump (Championship Division)
5. Kristen Bradley – 1.65m
4. Colleen McDowell – 3.25m
Long Jump (Championship Division)
2. Gabrielle Farquharson – 5.71m
4. Ekene Ugboaja – 5.63m
Long Jump (University Division)
7. Bryanna Grant – 5.30m
14. Drew Andrews – 5.15m
Triple Jump (University Division)
4. Bryanna Grant – 11.75m
3. Elaina Mezzasalma – 42.91m (ECAC Qualifier)
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