PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers junior Shameka Marshall (Mizpah, NJ) shined in two events as she helped lead the women’s track and field team to third place after day two of the 2004 Outdoor BIG EAST Track and Field Championship at Rutgers on May 1. The Scarlet Knights have 32 points, while Miami is in first place with 47 points.
Marshall took first in the long jump with a leap of 6.36 meters to improve upon her third-place finish at last year’s event and tie her own school record. She also qualified for tomorrow’s finals of the 100-meter hurdles, taking first (13.63) in her heat while registering the second fastest time of the day.
Senior Jen Austin (Garfield, NJ) earned the other first-place finish of the day for the Scarlet Knights with her performance in the javelin. Austin’s throw of 46.75 meters was good enough to earn the senior her first BIG EAST Championship.
Junior Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA) tied her own personal record and registered the fastest time of the day (2:08.74) in the 800 meters heading into the finals tomorrow.
Junior Angela Messerschmidt (Berwick, PA) earned valuable points for the team with her sixth-place finish (4,691) in the heptathlon and sophomore Cycerli Ash (Beach Lake, PA) finished fifth (44.67m) in the discus.
Due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, the third and final day of competition will begin earlier than scheduled. The running events, originally scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., will now begin at 10:00 a.m. The field events, originally scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., will now begin at 9:30 a.m. Tickets cost $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children 18 and under and senior citizens. Students from BIG EAST Conference institutions will be admitted free of charge with a valid school ID.