TAMPA, Fla. – Rutgers men’s track and field opened its outdoor season at the South Florida Bulls Invitational Friday and Saturday in Tampa. Senior Kyle Holder, senior Brendan Jaeger and junior Christopher Mirabelli all added individual wins in their respective events for the Scarlet Knights.
“It was a good opening meet for us to start our outdoor season,” said head coach Mike Mulqueen. “We won several events and placed high in others. It is only mid-March, but we did some good things.”
Competing for RU for the first time in 2017, Holder produced a first-place time of 52.80 in the 400m hurdles. Holder helped Rutgers finish second in the 4x400m relay, as Jaeger, freshman Alanzo Aris, freshman and senior Emeka Eze added a time of 3:18.54.
The Scarlet Knights placed one-two in the javelin, with Mirabelli adding a distance of 73.64m (241-07) to secure the event title. Mirabelli's throw was also a facility record. Senior Thomas Carr finished second with his throw of 70.88m (232-06). This was Carr’s first action since the 2015 outdoor season.
Jaeger added a first-place time of 1:52.37 in the 800m, more than a second ahead of the next result.
Rutgers performed well in the jump events. Freshman Perry Christie finished second in the high jump with his mark of 2.00m (6-06.75). Sophomore Jairus Paul added the top collegiate result and second-best mark overall in the triple jump with his leap of 14.89m (48-10.25). It was a PR for Paul.
Aris competed in both 100m and 200m sprints. Aris placed fourth in the 200m with a time of 21.40, an outdoor PR. In the 100m, Aris finished seventh with a time of 10.76.
Rutgers returns to action next Thursday through Saturday at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.
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