The Rutgers women’s track and field team will experience its greatest test of the season this weekend at the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Championships hosted by Penn State at the Nittany Lion Outdoor Track in State College, Pennsylvania.
After a trying, yet progressive outdoor regular season, the Scarlet Knights will attempt to stack up against their peers in the Big Ten, to include top competitors such as last year’s Big Ten Outdoor Champion Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and host Penn State, who took the team title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in late February.
The championships will start with limited track events on Friday, May 12 and continue with full track and field events until the meet’s end on Sunday, May 12.
At last season’s Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Rutgers placed 12th overall with 29 team points, just ahead of Illinois, who placed dead-last with 18.5 team points.
The Knights saw a new school-record set in the 4x100-meter relay, as well as several personal-bests from track and field student-athletes.
Rutgers’ 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of two since-graduated athletes and current student athletes junior Bria Saunders and sophomore Phyllis Gordon, earned a new school record of 44.66, good for fourth place.
This year’s 4x100-meter squad, including junior Imani Beauliere and sophomore Nabiya Garret alongside Saunders and Gordon, earned a season-best of 46.73 at the Tennessee Dogwood Relays in early April.