PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Rutgers women's indoor track and field team's season continues on Friday with the Scarlet Knights back at the Valentine Invitational hosted by Boston University.
LAST TIME AT THE VALENTINE INVITATIONAL
The Scarlet Knights earned six ECAC qualifying times led by Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown, N.J.) setting a new school record in the 200m. It was one of three times last season Farquharson reset the Rutgers record in the 200m as she won the event in 23.62.
Bria Saunders (Parsippany, N.J.) also picked up an ECAC qualifying time in the 200m clocking in a time of 24.67.
Other ECAC performers at last year's meet included Celine Mazzi (Monroeville, N.J.) in the 1000m in 2:55.94, Nicole Nicholas (Jersey City, N.J.) in the 500m in 1:14.89 and the 4x400m relay team of Alayna Famble (Stockbridge, Ga.), Nicolas, Saunders and Farquharson with a time of 3:44.33 for a second place finish.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Allyson Black (Denville, N.J.) claimed two titles last weekend with first place finishes at the Metropolitan Championship in the 5000m and with the distance medley relay squad. In the 5000m, Black was ahead of the pack with a winning margin of 30.71 seconds and recorded a time of 17:42.24. She ran anchor with the distance medley relay team helping the quartet to a first place time of 12:18.32.
Deanna DiLandro (Oakland, N.J.) has had back-to-back weekends of notable results. Following a PR in the 500m at the Terrier Classic on Jan. 29, DiLandro followed up her performance by bringing home the 800m title at the Metropolitan Championships in 2:12.91. She was also on the second leg of the 4x800m relay team that finished in second place with an ECAC mark of 9:23.69.
Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown, N.J.) is coming off her repeat as the Metropolitan Indoor Champion in the long jump last week at a distance of 6.15m (20' 2.25"). She is currently 25th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten in the event after going 6.17m (20' 3") at the Rutgers Invitational in early January. Additionally last weekend, she anchored the 4x400m relay team as the squad collected its best time of the season in 3:43.57. Farquharson also logged a third place performance in the 400m in 56.42.
Phyllis Gordon (Neptune, N.J.) posted her best time of the year in the 400m at last week's Metropolitan Championships as the runner-up in the event. She crossed the finish line in 56.18 bettering her time by .53 seconds from her first place finish at the Rutgers Invitational back in early January. Gordon also ran the second leg on the 4x400m relay team that captured its best time of the season in 3:43.57.
Bryanna Grant (Cranford, N.J.) also captured a Metropolitan Championship title for the Scarlet Knights last weekend in reaching a distance of 11.83m (38' 9.75") in the triple jump, while tying her PR in the long jump at 5.30m (17' 4.75") for sixth place in the event. The previous weekend, Grant was .01m m shy of tying her PR in the triple jump by landing in third place at 12.11m (39' 8.75') at the Terrier Classic.
Allison Payenski (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) was the runner-up in the mile at the Metropolitan Championships as she finished under the five-minute mark for the first time in her career. She collected a PR of 4:56.64 bettering her mark of 5:01.05 posted in her runner-up performance at the Rutgers Invitational to open up the season. Payenski was also a member of the winning distance medley relay team, running the opening leg and helping the squad register a time of 12:18.32.
Rhonda Rogombe (Charlestown, W.V.) landed in first place for the second time this season with the Metropolitan Championship title in the high jump. Rogombe cleared the bar at a height of 1.65m (5' 5"), matching the same height from the previous weekend in Boston at the Terrier Classic. Her other title this season came with her school record high jump at 1.80m (5' 10.75") at the Rutgers Invitational.
Bria Saunders (Parsippany, N.J.) continued to shine for the Scarlet Knights in the sprints at the Metropolitan Championships with runner-up placements in both the 60m and 200m in addition to racing the third leg in the 4x400m relay team's season PR. Saunders collected her best indoor time to date in the 60m at 7.63 and recorded a season best 24.58 in the 200m.
Following this weekend's Valentine's Invitational, the Rutgers women's indoor track and field team will take part in the Millrose Games on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Armory.
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