SYRACUSE, NY – The Rutgers women’s track and field team currently holds fifth place, following the first day of competition at the 2005 BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.
Pittsburgh sits atop the leader board with 66.50 points, followed by Boston College in second (37) and Notre Dame in third with 29.
Senior Shameka Marshall (Mispah, NJ) won the long jump with an NCAA provisional mark of 20’ 5.75” and advanced to the finals in the 60m hurdles after posting an ECAC qualifying time of 8.46. Junior Jacqueline Todd (Willingboro, NJ) (57.83) also advanced to finals in the 400m, while seniors Dominique Sanon (Lawrenceville, NJ) (ECAC-1:15.24) and Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA) (2:15.03) qualified for the 500m and 800m finals, respectively.
Also scoring points for the Scarlet Knights was the distance medley team, which took fourth place, clocking a time of 12:10.37. Competing in the event was senior Belmax DeJesus (Fort Lee, NJ), sophomore Simone Thomas (Willingboro, NJ), and freshmen Alisa Budd (Toms River, NJ) and Alexis Gray (Toms River, NJ). Junior Cycerli Ash (Beach Lake, PA) finished eighth in the 20-pound weight throw, adding to RU’s point total.
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Sunday, Feb. 20, for the final day of competition.
Women’s Standings (After Day One)
1. Pittsburgh 66.50
2. Boston College 37
3. Notre Dame 29
4. Georgetown 23
5. Rutgers 16
6. Syracuse 15.50
7. St. John’s 14
8. Connecticut 13
9. West Virginia 10
10. Villanova 5
10. Seton Hall 5