PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 29, 2014) -- Six Scarlet Knights will be in action this weekend at the NCAA East Regional with eyes set on qualifying for the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon in June.
Two Scarlet Knights – junior Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown, N.J.) and redshirt senior Asha Ruth (Bowie, Md.) – will be competing for the long jump title. Farquharson, the 2014 American Athletic Conference Champion, set a PR in taking gold at 6.18m (20’ 3 ½”). More recently, she placed third at the ECAC Championships with a leap of 6.07m (19’ 11”) and was just .02m shy of first place. Ruth, meanwhile, has earned two All-American distinctions in the long jump and was the 2013 BIG EAST Champion in the event. As a junior last season, she reached Honorable Mention All-America status after taking 19th at the NCAA Championships, while as a sophomore in 2012, she was a Second Team All-American honoree after placing 16th at the NCAA Championships. More recently, Ruth picked up bronze at the AAC Championships at 5.92m (19’ 5 ¼’)
Farquharson will also be racing in the 200m after taking third at both the ECAC and American Athletic Conference Championship. At the ECAC Championships, she set a new RU record in a time of 23.62, besting the previous benchmark set by Michelle Gomes in 2010.
Ruth will be joining senior Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.) in the running of the 400m. Ugboaja ran the best time of her career in taking sixth place at the American Athletic Conference Championships with a time of 53.86 and more recently, reached the finals of the 400m at the ECAC Championships, where she took sixth. Ruth was a finalist in the event at the AAC Championships with an eighth place time of 54.52.
Senior Elaina Mezzasalma (Morganville, N.J.) will be the lone field Scarlet Knight vying for a spot in the national championships. She was the runner-up in the javelin at the American Athletic Conference Championships as she captured silver with a throw of 48.26m (158’ 4”). Two weeks ago, at the ECAC championships, she placed sixth with a distance of 44.83m (147’ 1”).
RU will also have its 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams looking to return to Eugene, Oregon. Last year, the 4x100 team earned Second Team All-America honors as they finished 14th out of the 24 teams fielded in the national championship. The 4x400 team picked up Honorable Mention All-American status in taking 18that NCAA’s.
The 4x100 relay team of seniors Ruth, Ugboaja and Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J), along Farquharson, clocked in at a season-best 44.97 for second place at this year’s AAC Championships. The Scarlet Knights were just .1 second behind the winning squad from UCF.
Meanwhile, the 4x400 team, which included sophomore Alayna Famble (Stockbridge, Ga.) along with Ugboaja, Gillon and Farquharson, took fourth at AAC Champs with their time of 3:37.92. The team also captured the ECAC Final title at the Penn Relays in late April, setting a new school record with their tie of 3:34.61.
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