Williamstown’s Farquharson enjoying huge success at Rutgers

step0001-27Gabrielle Farquharson, who had such a terrific career at Williamstown High School, is finishing her college career in style.

Farquharson‘s indoor season is off to a terrific start both as a jumper and a sprinter.

At the Penn State Invitational in State College, Pa., she PR’d with a 20-8 1/2 in the long jump, breaking the meet record of 19-9 set in 2009 by Gayle Hunter of Penn State. She also placed second in the 200 in 23.95, a school record. The previous mark was 23.98, set last year at ECACs by Asha Ruth.

Farquharson contributed a leg on Rutgers’ 1,600-meter relay team, which ran 3:48.36. Bria Saunders, another New Jersey alum (Parsippany), was also on the 4-by-4 team.

The versatile Farquharson also had a big meet at the Metropolitan Championships at the Armory this past weekend, winning the 60-meter dash, the 200 and the long jump.

Farquharson ran 7.64 to win the 60, 24.17 to win the 200 and 19-9 1/2 to win the long jump.

Farquharson is undefeated in the long jump this year, and she ranks No. 8 in NCAA Division 1 with her 20-81/2 jump. Here’s a look at the top 10, from DirectAthletics.com:

  • 21-5 1/2 … Kendall Williams (Georgia)
  • 21-5 1/4 … Sha’Keele Saunders (Kentucky)
  • 21-2 1/2 … Jenna Prandini (Oregon)
  • 21-2 … Keturah Orji (Georgia)
  • 21-1 1/2 … Alexis Perry (North Carolina State)
  • 21-0 … Erica Bougard (Mississippi State)
  • 20-11 1/4 … Akela Jones (Kansas State)
  • 20-8 1/2 … Gabrielle Farquharson (Rutgers)
  • 20-8 … Shanice Stewart (Texas Tech)
  • 20-7 … Tamara Myers (Arkansas)

Farquharson is also No. 10 among all U.S. women in the long jump, according to the latest USATF performance list.

The Scarlet Knights are in Boston Friday for the Valentine Invitational.

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