WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 6, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s outdoor track & field team stands in first place after day one action at the Colonial Relays hosted by the College of William & Mary. The Scarlet Knights’ redshirt junior Asha Ruth (Bowie Md.) captured first place in both the long jump and the preliminaries of the 100m along with a fourth place finish in the 200m.
The Scarlet Knights lead all schools having compiled 66 points through the first day’s events. Virginia Tech sits in second with 51 points followed by Vanderbilt in third with 46 points.
Ruth was among the five BIG EAST and two ECAC qualifying marks in the field events with her first place distance of 5.93m (BIG EAST & ECAC Qualifier) in the long jump. Also in the long jump, senior Ekene Ugboaja (Edison, N.J.) placed fourth jumping to a distance of 5.60m (BIG EAST Qualifier).
RU also had a trio collecting points in the javelin led by senior Alexandra Kelly’s (Florham Park, N.J.) second place throw of 43.67m (BIG EAST & ECAC Qualifier). Freshman Solveig Loeken (Randolph, N.J.) took fifth with a distance of 40.51m (BIG EAST Qualifier) followed by junior Elaina Mezzasalma (Morganville, N.J.) in sixth at 39.69m (BIG EAST Qualifier).
In the track events, Ugboaja led the Scarlet Knights in day one action with a second place time overall and first among collegiate competitors in the 400m. Ugboaja logged a finish time of 54.25 (BIG EAST & ECAC Qualifier), while teammate sophomore Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown, N.J.) added to the point total with a sixth place finish overall and fifth among collegiate entries in 56.10 (BIG EAST Qualifier).
Farquharson later crossed the finish line in third overall and second among collegians in the 200m as RU finished in third, fourth, and fifth overall positions in the race. Farquharson captured a time of 24.19 (BIG EAST & ECAC Qualifier) followed by Ruth in fourth in a time of 24.28 (BIG EAST & ECAC Qualifier) and junior Tylia Gillon (New Egypt, N.J.) in fifth at 24.32 (BIG EAST & ECAC Qualifier).
Rutgers also garnered points from sophomore Jillian Grant (Matawan, N.J.) in the 400m hurdles with a ninth place time of 1:03.18 (BIG EAST Qualifier).
Ruth was one of two Scarlet Knights to advance to Saturday’s final of the 100m. Ruth led all competitors in the preliminaries clocking a time of 11.87 (BIG EAST & ECAC Qualifier). She will be joined by Gillon, who took third in 12.04, (BIG EAST & ECAC Qualifier) in the finals.
Action continues on Saturday in the Colonial Relays. Live updates are available at TribeAthletics.com.
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