PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University women’s track and field team racked up 81 points on its way to taking fourth place at the 2005 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Bauer Complex on Livingston campus.
The Scarlet Knights improved upon last year’s performance with the best finish in school history, missing third place by just one point. Rutgers’ previous best finish in the outdoor championship was a tie for fifth place in 2004.
Pittsburgh was crowned conference champions with 176 points, followed by Notre Dame in second with 113.50 points and West Virginia in third with 82 points.
Senior Shameka Marshall (Mispah, NJ) closed out her weekend with titles in the 100m hurdles and 4x100 meter relay. Marshall successfully defended her hurdles crown, taking the top spot in a time of 13.64. She also joined junior Jacqueline Todd (Willingboro, NJ) and sophomores Ariel Brockman (Marlton, NJ) and Coryn Gomez (Somerset, NJ) in the 4x100, posting a winning time of 46.19.
Junior Kahimah Liverman (Paterson, NJ) also posted a top-three finish in the triple jump. Liverman took second place with an NCAA regional qualifying mark of 40’ 8¼”.
Seniors Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA) and Dominique Sanon (Lawrenceville, NJ) took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 800m. Phipps finished in 2:11.36, followed by Sanon in 2:11.39.
Todd and Gomez added to Rutgers’ point total with their performances in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes. Todd ran 55.41 in the 400m dash to finish fourth and in the 200m, she posted a time of 24.50 to take fifth, while Gomez finished eighth in the 100m dash, clocking 12.34. Fifth-year student Julie Delimon (Stanhope, NJ) finished seventh in the 1,500 meter run in 4:37.36.
Rutgers also received scores from its 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay teams. In the 4x400, Phipps and Sanon combined with sophomores Natasha Norville (Somerset, NJ) and Simone Thomas (Willingboro, NJ) to finish eighth with a time of 3:47.93, while the 4x800 relay team of Delimon, freshmen Alexis Gray (Toms River, NJ) and Alisa Budd (Toms River, NJ) and junior Nicole Lombardy (Lincroft, NJ) placed sixth in 9:08.38.
The Scarlet Knights will return to action on Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15 for the ECAC Championships at Weaver Track and Field Stadium on the campus of Princeton University.
1. Pittsburgh, 176 points
2. Notre Dame, 113.50 points
3. West Virginia, 82 points
4. RUTGERS, 81 points
5. Boston College, 74.50 points
6. Syracuse, 64 points
7. Connecticut, 62 points
8. Villanova, 60 points
9. St. John’s, 50 points
10. Georgetown, 49 points
11. Providence, 34 points
12. Seton Hall, 12 points