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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers men's track and field splits up this weekend, sending athletes to the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta and the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton Friday and Saturday.
Last Time Out
Senior Emeka Eze and junior Christopher Mirabelli broke school records as the Scarlet Knights captured the 2017 Metropolitan Outdoor Championships last weekend at the Bauer Track and Field Complex.
In total, RU claimed eight individual titles and two relay wins during the championships.
Competing in the triple jump, Eze recorded the program mark with a jump of 15.92m (52' 2.75") on his final attempt of the day. The Sayreville, New Jersey, native broke Adam Bergo's previous record of 15.73m (51'7.25") set in 2013 at the Big East Championships. Bergo was in attendance to see Eze's record-setting performance.
Eze also claimed the long jump title with his result of 7.81m (25' 7.50"). His result was the second best all-time in school history behind Corey Crawford and is currently the top jump in the Big Ten Conference.
Mirabelli collected the Scarlet Knight record in the javelin with a throw of 76.20m (250'00") to capture the event title. The Lumberton, New Jersey, native broke Chris Sagnella's old RU record of 244'10" set back in 1996.
A big part of RU's team victory was the performance of sophomore Izaiah Brown. The Amsterdam, New York, native captured both the 400m (47.33) and 200m (21.41) titles and helped Rutgers earn wins in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
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Thanks to his historic performance last Saturday, Eze now ranks first in both the triple jump (15.92m) and long jump (7.81m) within the Big Ten.
Mirabelli and senior Thomas Carr rank first and third in the Big Ten, respectively, in the javelin with marks of 76.20m and 70.88m. Mirabelli's top result happened during the Metropolitan Championships, while Carr recorded his top distance at the USF Bulls Invitational.
With his time of 46.50, Brown is currently fourth in the conference in the 400m. The Amsterdam, New York, native is the reigning Big Ten outdoor champion in the event with a time of 45.27.
In the long jump, Tobi Tella is seventh in the conference with a leap of 7.51m, set last weekend at the Metropolitan Championships. Tella is also 10th in the triple jump with his result of 14.91. Jairus Paul is seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 15.19m.
Next Time Out
Rutgers returns to action next weekend, when it competes in the Penn Relays April 27-29.
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