PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 24, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s track and field team will be at the 120th running of the Penn Relays this weekend at historic Franklin Field. More than 22,000 athletes from around the world will convene upon Philadelphia to compete in the event which has seen more competitors enter than any meet in the world.
Last season, the Rutgers women’s 4x200 relay squad broke the school record twice at the relays. Junior Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown, N.J.), senior Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.), senior Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.) and redshirt senior Asha Ruth (Bowie, Md.) took second in the prestigious Championship of America Finals with a time of 1:32.66. The Scarlet Knights had originally broken the record during the opening round heats.
The 4x100 relay team just missed out of making the championships finals by one spot despite running one of its best times of the season. Advancing to the ECAC Final, the Scarlet Knight team of Farquharson, Ugboaja Ruth and Gillon took first place in 45.27.
In other relay action, the distance medley relay team of Farquharson, junior Felicia O’Donnell (Franklinville, N.J.), junior Allison Payenski (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) and senior Ashley Deckert (Newfield, N.J.) took sixth in the college section by logging a time of 11:46.40.
Ugboaja also found success in the field events. Ugboaja reached a distance of 5.86m placing her third in the Eastern long jump.
The Rutgers women’s track and field team returns to action at the American Athletic Conference Championships hosted by USF on May 2-4.
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