NEW YORK, NY – The Rutgers women’s track and field team competed in the Armory Invitational at the New Balance Track and Field Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, in New York City.
Highlighting the Scarlet Knights’ effort was senior Shameka Marshall (Mispah, NJ), who set a school record time in the 60m hurdles. Marshall took second place with an NCAA provisional mark of 8.28 and currently ranks seventh in the country in the event. Marshall held the previous school record time of 8.42, which she set on March 6, 2004 at the ECAC Championship meet in Boston, MA.
Other top finishers for Rutgers included senior Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA) in the 1000m and junior Cycerli Ash (Beach Lake, PA) in the shot put. Phipps won the 1000m with an ECAC qualifying time of 2:54.03, while Ash placed second in shot put with a throw of 44’ 8 ¾”, also qualifying her for the ECAC meet. The distance medley relay team of senior Belmax DeJesus (Fort Lee, NJ), freshman Alexis Gray (Toms River, NJ) and juniors Jacqueline Todd (Willingboro, NJ) and Nicole Lombardy (Lincroft, NJ) took first place, clocking an ECAC qualifying time of 11:52.29.
Sophomore Natasha Norville (Somerset, NJ) and senior Dominique Sanon (Lawrenceville, NJ) also qualified for the ECAC meet in the 400m. Norville crossed the finish line in 56.29, followed by Sanon in 57.21.
Both the women’s and men’s teams will head to Syracuse, NY, for the BIG EAST Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20.