JAMAICA, NY - For the second week in a row, the Rutgers women’s track and field team was victorious as the Scarlet Knights won the Metropolitan Championship in Jamaica, NY, on April 17. RU racked up 192 points and had nine individual champions. Manhattan was 70 points behind in second place (122) and host St. John’s finished third (111 points).
Junior Shameka Marshall (Mizpah, NJ) won the long jump with a leap of 18’6” and anchored the victorious 4x100 team (47.38) of sophomore Jaqueline Todd (Willingboro, NJ), freshman Coryn Gomez (Somerset, NJ) and freshman Ariel Brockman (Marlton, NJ).
Freshmen Nova Roman (Monroe, NJ) took first (39:15.90) in the 5000-meter run, while junior Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA) finished first (2:12.45) in the 800-meter run. Freshman Danielle Patoir (Glen Rock, NJ) won the steeplechase in a time of 11:35.34 and junior Belmax DeJesus (Fort Lee, NJ) registered a first-place finish (17:47.82) in the 5000 meters.
The Scarlet Knights had three more champions in the field events. Sophomore Kahimah Liverman (Paterson, NJ) finished first in the triple jump (39’5 ¾”), while senior Jen Austin (Garfield, NJ) won the javelin with a throw of 152’0”. Junior La-krisha Howard (Plainfield, NJ) also took first place with a throw of 137’7” in the discus.
“I am very proud of the team effort today,” Rutgers head coach Roberta Anthes said. “This is the type of performance we’ll need as we head to the BIG EAST Championship.”
The Scarlet Knights will next compete at the 110th running of the Penn Relays from Thursday, April 22, to Saturday, April 24, at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, PA.