The amazing Gabrielle Farquharson keeps getting faster, and as long as she keeps getting faster, we’re going to keep writing about her!
The former Williamstown High School star, now a high-flying senior at Rutgers, won the Penn Relays college 100-meter dash in a personal-best 11.36, breaking her own school record of 11.39 that she set in March at a meet in Tampa.
She’s the first Rutgers woman to win the 100 at Penn and the first South Jersey native to win the event as well, although Trenton’s Wenda Vereen won it for Morgan State in 1988.
“It feels great to win,” she said. “I knew I was going to be in the mix, but winning, of course, was a goal. Knowing the people I was going against, it was a little nerve-racking.”
Farquharson, running into a 1.0-meters-per-second headwind, won by a whopping 18-100ths of a second over Shimayra Williams of UTech in Kingston, Jamaica.
Her time places her No. 55 on the IAAF world list and No. 30 on this year’s U.S. list.
“I knew I needed a clean start,” she said. “I’m working on my start a little bit more, so I knew if I had a clean start I would definitely be in the mix from the beginning and I would put up a fight.”
Farquharson also teamed up with Phyllis Gordon, Alayna Famble and Bria Saunders, anchoring Rutgers’ 800-meter relay team, which placed third in the Championship of America in 1:34.37.
That ranks the Scarlet Knights No. 13 in the world and No. 8 among all-American college teams in the non-NCAA event.
Farquharson focused on sprints at Penn and didn’t long jump, but the versatile Monroe Township native is ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division 1 with a 21-5 1/2 last month in Tallahassee.