DURHAM, NC - The Rutgers women’s track and field team finished competition at the two-day Duke Invitational on April 3 at Wallace Wade Stadium on the campus of Duke in Durham, NC.
On Saturday, junior Shameka Marshall (Mizpah, NJ) had two top-five finishes, taking fifth (14.07) in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth (6.05m) in the long jump. Sophomore Jacqueline Todd (Willingboro, NJ) also had a very successful afternoon with a seventh-place finish (12.62) in the 100-meter dash finals and a 10th-place finish (24.69) in the 200 meter-dash finals. Junior Belmax DeJesus (Fort Lee, NJ) finished 10th (10:07.61) in the 3000 meters, while La-krisha Howard (Plainfield, NJ) was sixth (43.62) in the discus.
On day one of the meet, April 2, senior Julie Culley (Lebanon, NJ) continued to look strong in the early portion of the season, taking second place (16:48.45) in the 5000 meters with an NCAA Regional qualifying time. Freshmen Nova Roman (Monroe, NJ) and Marissa Detata (Brick, NJ) took seventh (38:53.00) and ninth (39:11.52), respectively, in the 10000 meters, while fellow freshman Danielle Patoir (Glen Rock, NJ) was 10th (11:33.42) in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
In the field events, sophomore Kahimah Liverman (Paterson, NJ) had a strong third-place finish (11.97m) in the triple jump, and senior Kerry Ann Mitchell (East Orange, NJ) took seventh (1.67m) in the high jump. Sophomore Cycerli Ash (Beach Lake, PA) was 12th (45.74) in the hammer throw.
The women’s team will return to action on Saturday, April 10, at the Delaware Invitational.