TAMPA, Fla. (May 1, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s track and field team will be one of ten teams competing for the 2014 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship title this weekend.
Redshirt senior Asha Ruth (Bowie, Md.) enters this weekend’s competition ranked among the top five in the American in five events. Ruth currently holds the third best time in the 100m from her school record setting performance at the USF Bulls Invite, having crossed the finish line in a time of 11:54. Also at the USF Bulls Invite, she posted the fifth best long jump in the conference at 6.21m (20’ 4 ½”). Additionally, Ruth holds the fourth best time in the American in the 400m, as she helped the Scarlet Knights repeat as the Colonial Relays champion in capturing the event title with a personal best time of 54.10.
Ruth is also a member of the 4x400 relay team that holds the conference’s top time entering the championship, as well as a member of 4x100 squad that recorded the third fastest time in the American.
The 4x400 relay team, which also consisted of fellow seniors Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.) and Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.) and junior Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown, N.J.), is coming off a school record setting performance at the Penn Relays. The group set a new RU benchmark at 3:35.22 in capturing the ECAC final title.
Ruth, Gillon, Farquharson and senior Corryn Hurrington (Bowie, Md.) comprised the 4x100 team that won the USF Bulls Invitational to open the season in late March with a time of 45.62.
In addition to her performances with the relay teams, Farquharson is also among the top in the league in the long jump. She ranks just ahead of teammate Ruth in the standings, ranking fourth in the American from her second place finish with a personal best distance of 6.23m (20’ 5 ¼”) at the USF Bulls Invite.
Also on the track, junior Jillian Grant (Matawan, N.J.) comes into the weekend listed fifth among the conference competition in the 400m hurdles. Grant captured a first place performance at the USF Bulls Invite with a time of 1:01.28.
Senior Elaina Mezzasalma (Morganville, N.J.) leads the Scarlet Knights in the field events having registered the American’s second-best performance in the javelin to date. Mezzasalma threw for a personal best distance of 47.66m (156’ 4”) at Georgia’s Spec Towns Invite in mid-April.
Senior Kristen Bradley (Medford, N.J.) also comes into the weekend ranked fifth in the American in the heptathlon. Bradley compiled a personal-best 4425 points at Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invite in Mid-April.
Following this weekend’s championship, the Rutgers women’s outdoor track and field team will return to action at the ECAC Championships held by Princeton May 16-18.
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