PISCATAWAY, NJ – Senior Shameka Marshall (Mispah, NJ) got off to a tremendous start, as the Rutgers women’s track and field team scored 26 points, securing sixth place after the second day of competition at the 2005 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 7, at the Bauer Complex.
Pittsburgh is currently in first place with 77 points, followed by Boston College in second (41.50 points) and Syracuse in third (33.50 points).
Marshall enjoyed success on the track as well as in the field, as she bested her previous NCAA regional qualifying marks in both the 100m hurdles and long jump. Marshall ran the fastest time of the day, 13.36, eclipsing the previous school record (13.52), which she set at last year’s NCAA Regionals (5/28).
In the long jump, she posted a winning mark of 21’ on just her first attempt, before later topping that mark with a leap of 21’ 2¾”.
Seniors Dominique Sanon (Lawrenceville, NJ) and Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA) also recorded NCAA regional times in the 800m run. Both advanced to the finals with Sanon finishing in 2:09.15 and Phipps in 2:09.65.
Rutgers received valuable points from its throws events with freshman Stephanie Petine (Bloomfield, NJ) taking fourth (135’ 5”) in the javelin, while senior Cycerli Ash (Beach Lake, PA) took fourth (46’ 1¼”) in the shot put.
Other top performances included junior La-krisha Howard (Plainfield, NJ), who finished sixth (135’ 4”) in the discus, followed by Ash in seventh (132’ 4”) and freshman Carrieann Zielinski (Linden, NJ) placed eighth to help round out the scoring for the Scarlet Knights.
Junior Jacqueline Todd (Willingboro, NJ) advanced to the finals in the 200m (24.74) and 400m (56.00), while sophomores Coryn Gomez (Somerset, NJ) (12.27) and Natasha Norville (Somerset, NJ) (55.89) will compete in the 100m and 400m finals, respectively.