BRONX, NY – The Rutgers women’s track and field team successfully defended its Metropolitan Championships crown this weekend, winning the annual event with 10 first-place finishes. RU scored 199 points, 80 better than runner-up Columbia (119).
“This was a complete team effort,” said head coach Roberta Anthes. “This is the type of effort that will launch us into the BIG EAST Championships. I’m proud of our effort and it’s a great feeling to defend our Met Championship.”
Senior Shameka Marshall (Mispah, NJ) led the way by setting a school record in the long jump (20-4½). Her jump was also an NCAA provisional qualifier. Additionally, Marshall also won the 60-meter hurdles (8.56) and was a member of the first-place 4x400 relay team, consisting of sophomore Natasha Norville (Somerset, NJ), senior Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA) and junior Jacqueline Todd (Willingboro, NJ). The group had a winning time of 3:47.06.
Junior Cycerli Ash (Beach Lake, PA) was victorious in the shot put (46’3½) while Todd took top honors in the 400 meters (55.97). Norville tied a school record in the 500 meters (1:13.53) while the Scarlet Knights finished first and second in the 800 meters (Phipps first, 2:11.98 and Dominique Sanon second, 2:14.98).
In the mile run, Rutgers had the top two placewinners – junior Nicole Lombardy (Lincroft, NJ) (5:00.68) and Julie Delimon (Stanhope, NJ) (5:03.05). Freshman Alexis Gray (Toms River, NJ) won the 1000 meters in a winning time of 2:57.66 and junior Kahimah Liverman (Paterson, NJ) took top honors in the triple jump (40’½ ).
Rutgers returns to action Friday, Feb. 4 through Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in the Bronx, NY.