PRINCETON, NJ – The Rutgers women’s track and field team took second place at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 8. The Scarlet Knights finished just behind Princeton (149) with 114 points and St. John’s took third with 80.
Senior Shameka Marshall (Mispah, NJ) and junior Jacqueline Todd (Willingboro, NJ) led the Scarlet Knights with two first-place finishes apiece. Marshall took first in the 60m hurdles and 60m dash with times of 8.60 and 7.64, respectively, qualifying her for both the BIG EAST and ECAC post-season meets. Finishing second behind Marshall in the 60m hurdles was sophomore Zeena Hazuri (East Brunswick, NJ) with a time of 9.26. Todd won the 200m with a time of 25.02 and she also took the top spot in the 400m, clocking a time of 57.33. Both were qualifying times for the BIG EAST and ECAC meets. Rutgers also won the 4x400 relay with the team of Marshall, Todd, Deanna Poland (Gibbstown, NJ) and Natasha Norville (Somerset, NJ) taking the race in 3:58.46. Other top finishes for RU were freshman Alexis Gray (Toms River, NJ), who finished second in the 1,000m (3:00.38) and junior Sarah Peterson (Belle Mead, NJ) also took second in the 5,000m with a time of 18:33.13.
In the field events, junior Cycerli Ash (Beach Lake, PA) and senior Kiara Adams (Glenwood, MD) placed first and second in the shot put. Both Ash and Adams qualified for the ECAC and BIG EAST post-season meets with a throw of 45’5” and 44’4 ¾”, respectively. Ash also took second in the 20-pound throw with a toss of 54’2”.
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Saturday, Jan. 15, when they travel to University Park, PA to compete in the Penn State Invitational.