PISCATAWAY, NJ - Three members of the Rutgers women’s track and field team, junior Jen Austin (Garfield, NJ), senior Danielle Hobson (West Orange, NJ) and sophomore Shameka Marshall (Mizpah, NJ), have received All-East honors based on their performances at the ECAC Championships, hosted by Princeton University, May 15-18. The last time Rutgers was represented in three different events in national competition was 1982.
Austin is in 12th place after a 49.03 meter performance in the javelin. At the NCAA Regionals, hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, May 30-31, Austin placed eighth in the javelin competition with a throw of 44.00 meters.
Senior Danielle Hobson (West Orange, NJ) qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter hurdles. Hobson’s time of 58.28 ranks her tied for 18th in the country and placed her seventh at the NCAA Regionals.
Sophomore Shameka Marshall (Mizpah, NJ) advances to the Championships tied for 22nd with her mark of 6.36 meters in the long jump. At Regionals, Marshall placed 20th in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries with a time of 14.6 as well as tied for 20th in the long jump with a mark of 5.83 meters.
There were three second-place finishes at the ECAC Championships, leading the team to a tenth-place finish. Hobson finished the 400-meter hurdles in 57.95, Marshall captured second in the long jump with a mark of 6.11 meters and Austin took second with a throw of 45.26 meters.
All three student-athletes will be competing at the NCAA Championships, June 11-14 in Sacramento, CA. This will be the second trip for Austin, as she placed 21st as a freshman in the 2001 NCAA javelin competition. This is the first time for both Hobson and Marshall.