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Rutgers Track & Field looks to build on strong start to outdoor season



Chloe Timberg continues to excel this spring. Photo credit Rutgers Athletics

The outdoor season for Rutgers track and field is heating up. After several standout performances already this spring, the Scarlet Knights are entering the most critical stretch with the biggest meets ahead.

The Rutgers relays take place on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at the Bauer Track and Field Complex. After honoring the program’s senior class, RU will compete at the prestigious Penn Relays at Franklin Field on April 28, 29 and 30. The postseason begins with the Big Ten Championships on May 13 and 14, followed by NCAA Regionals. The hope is that the program send more than a few who can qualify for nationals at legendary Hayward Field.

This past weekend, four Scarlet Knights won individual events.

At the Tom Jones Memorial at the University of Florida, Sincere Robinson won the high jump with a height of 2.12m. At the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, Chloe Timberg set a meet record with a height of 4.41m to win the pole vault. In the same event, Kyle Lipscomb won the discus with a throw of 50.77m and Ciara Bullington won the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:42.34. However, there were several events cancelled due to rain.

In addition, Kassidy Johnson broke her own school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.35 at the Tom Jones Memorial. It was more than three seconds faster than her previous record. She finished third overall in the event this past weekend.

Rutgers had nine other top five finishes in multiple events between the two meets last weekend. You can view the complete results here.

With the postseason approaching, RU has many student-athletes in position to qualify for NCAA Regionals. In the East region ,Timberg has the top pole vault height of 4.50m (14′ 9″). Johnson’s record 800-meter run this past weekend places her fourth in the region. Steve Copini is 12th in the region in the javelin with a throw of 70.47m (231′ 2″). Jasmine Van Note is 13th in the shot put with a distance of 16.67m (54′ 8.25″). Robinson is 15th in the long jump at 7.65m (25′ 1.25″) while teammate A’nan Bridgett is 18th in the East at 7.69m (25′ 2.75″).

The Scarlet Knights will look to build on a strong spring so far at the Rutgers relays this weekend. Admission and parking is free (Green & Yellow Lots). You can register for parking here. There are two field events on Friday at noon. The bulk of the meet beginning on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Rutgers will include “giveaways and prizes for fans in attendance on Saturday while supplies last.”

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