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Rutgers track & field breaks program record with 19 podium finishes at B1G Championships



Chloe Timberg defended her pole vault title. Photo credit Rutgers Athletics

Rutgers track and field had its best ever performance at the Big Ten Championships since the program joined the conference in 2015. Last weekend in Bloomington, Indiana, RU had 19 podium finishes. This topped the previous program high of 11. This included a gold medal for Chloe Timberg in the pole vault and a silver medal for Sincere Robinson in the long jump.

The women’s team amassed 37 total points for a 10th place finish. It’s the highest point total and finish since first competing at the Big Ten Championships. The men’s team finished with 29 points and ended up in 11th place. The program continues to show progress under the leadership of Bobby Farrell, the director of track & field and cross country.

“It was the greatest team performance we’ve ever had,” Farrell said . “We didn’t get the team score we wanted but it was the best the women ever scored. The most important part was that we had 19 podium finishes which eclipses our previous best of 11. We scored in nearly half the events, Rutgers was everywhere. On Championship Sunday, we had competitors in 21 of 25 events, over double the most we’ve ever had. We took another big step as we continue to build a championship program. The points will come as more and more of the group score in the top.”

Timberg defended her Big Ten outdoor title in the pole vault with a height of 4.41m (14′ 5.5″). She also won gold at the Big Ten Indoor Championships this past winter. Timberg holds the school record for both indoor and outdoor. She will now prepare for a chance to qualify for a return trip to the NCAA Championships in a few weeks.

Robinson finished second in the long jump with a distance of 7.76m (25′ 5.5″). He owns the school outdoor record while having won the Big Ten Indoor title earlier this year. After becoming a Second Team All-American at the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships, Robinson will now focus on qualifying to jump at legendary Hayward Field.

Two student-athletes each found the podium for two individual events. Nadale Buntin placed fourth in the 200-meter with a time of 20.49 and sixth in the 100-meter in a time of 10.34. He broke his own school record in the 100-meter in trials and can hopefully advance out of the NCAA Regionals in the coming days. Dennisha Page broke the program record in the 100-meter during trials as well with a time of 11.30. She ultimately finished in sixth place with a time of 11.33 as well as finishing fourth in the 200-meter in 23.15.

For full results of the Big Ten Championships, click here. Qualifiers for NCAA Regionals should be announced soon.

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  1. pj43

    May 18, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    I don’t know how you do it, Aaron, keeping tabs on all the programs. Thanks! Here we have yet another Rutgers program on the ascent. Congrats to the coaches and athletes and good luck in the NCAA Regionals.

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