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As a thrilling rollercoaster ride nears its end, the inevitable impending trigger of the breaks is nothing less than bittersweet.Such an exuberant, turbulent ride is illustrative of the four years that the graduating seniors on the Rutgers women’s track and field team enjoyed during their careers on the banks.Of the eight Scarlet Knight seniors, three will conclude their final season as the 2015 outdoor campaign comes to a close.
In the midst of the largest track and field meet in the nation, Franklin Field may have seemed chaotic this weekend, but it was actually very simple.Four runners, one baton and the notoriously pervasive ticking clock.Embarking on the 121st running of the Penn Relays, the Rutgers women’s track and field team joined over 22,000 athletes gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to compete in the world’s oldest relay meet.
As a pair of legs in perpetual revolution zooms down the track with another teammate just a few feet ahead, an arm extends forward offering a shiny black baton as an open hand reaches back — the essential hand-off.When it comes to relays, the milliseconds during which baton exchanges occur are often what separates those with gold slung around their necks and those with heads slumped in defeat.The Rutgers women’s track and field team ventures to Philadelphia, Pa., this weekend for Penn Relays — and its main focus has been perfecting the baton hand-off within the relay squads.The Scarlet Knights are keen on the significance of this technicality.
PRINCETON — The Rutgers women’s track and field team made its best effort to gain momentum while rounding out into the middle of the outdoor season in venturing to Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invitational.During a sunny weekend at Weaver Stadium, the Scarlet Knights were able to post several top performances across the board.
If there was an optimal time to turn goals into realities for the Rutgers women's track and field team, the time is now.As the Scarlet Knights ready for their next challenge at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton this weekend, they embrace one of the final opportunities to capture qualifying marks before season championships begin.With two full weeks off from competition to head back to the drawing board, Rutgers was able to take the time to intensify training and hone techniques.The Knights are aiming to transfer the efforts from these past two weeks into their performances at Princeton with the hopes of reaching new personal bests and capturing qualifying marks.
Change can be detrimental or prosperous—the scale is tipped by one’s adaptive approach.The Rutgers women’s track and field team has had to tackle numerous changes with regards to both the team and the season this year.
There is a distinct difference between a team and 33 individuals.The Rutgers women’s track and field team has reached the same conclusion, realizing that individual performances cannot equate to overall team success without one key factor: unity.For the Scarlet Knights, the bonds were there, however, the carry over into competitions was not.The close, supportive team dynamic had always played a role in motivating Rutgers on the track in practice and competitions.
The impact of teamwork is not to be underestimated.The Rutgers women’s track and field team realized the significance of this facet when they saw the positive spill over of such unity in their individual and team performances.
Kaylee PofahlStaff WriterAs defending champions, the Rutgers women’s track and field
team returns to Zable Stadium April 3 for the Colonial Relays with new team
looking to uphold an old legacy.
Success demands to be earned.The Rutgers baseball team (8-17, 3-3) got a taste of this harsh reality during their midweek game at Bainton field against Manhattan College (7-16, 3-3) March 31.Handed a 0-2 loss at the hand of the Jaspers, the unfocused Scarlet Knights offense failed to get on the board, leaving the weight of the game on the shoulders of their pitchers.The three lone arms prevailed as best they could.Sophomore pitcher Kevin Baxter was able to keep Manhattan at bay until the fourth inning when outfielder Evan Brown hit a solo home run over the fence of Bainton to get his team on the board.Aside from this slip, Baxter held off the Jaspers, pitching admirably for six innings.
Henry Rollins once said, “In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.”Rollins’ method seems to be analogous with what freshman javelin thrower Stacey Anning has done so far in her career as a member of the Rutgers women’s track and field team.
With a new season comes new challenges.The Rutgers women’s track and field team endured the unique tests posed by the outdoor season this weekend as it battled heavy rain, strong winds, and cold temperatures in North Carolina at the Raleigh Relays.
Even in a sky riddled with the darkest of clouds, sunlight can break through.Such formidable clouds overcame Rutgers senior sprinter Gabrielle Farquharson’s otherwise bright and sunny indoor season at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas March 13th. The Scarlet Knight, who went to the championships scheduled to compete in the long jump and the 200-meter dash, suffered a hamstring injury on her second jump attempt.
Vince Lombardi once said that if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.One needs to look no further in finding a student-athlete who better exemplifies Lombardi’s assertion than Gabrielle Farquharson.
No road to success is without potholes.The Rutgers women’s track and field team drove over both rocky and smooth parts on this road as its 2015 indoor season came to an end this weekend at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in Boston.
You can teach many things, but experience is earned, not learned.As the Rutgers women’s track and field team heads to the ECAC Championships in Boston, a season perforated with meets against top competition paves the way for a weekend of business as usual.Coming off of the Big Ten Championship meet in Geneva, Ohio last weekend, the Scarlet Knights are well acquainted with competition from the best collegiate track and field programs in the nation.
Gabrielle Farquharson—the first Rutgers student athlete to win a Big Ten Championship.With a hat trick of top performances, Farquharson captured the Big Ten title in the 200m, was the runner-up in the long jump and took third in the 60m at the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
The ancient Greeks define kairos as the supreme, opportune moment.The kairotic moment for the Rutgers women’s track and field team has come as the team ventures to the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio to take on conference rivals at the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships on Feb.
Expectations sometimes exist to be defied.The young Rutgers women’s track and field team has led an indoor season sowed with performances that do just that.
Strong senior leadership and resilient positivity have bolstered the young Rutgers women’s track and field team through numerous successes throughout the 2015 indoor season.Senior co-captain Gabrielle Farquharson has inspired her team with many impressive performances this season, including setting a new school record in the 200m on two separate occasions, solidifying the number one 200m time the Big Ten, reaching a fifth national ranking in the long jump, and placing fourth in the Big Ten in the 60m.