PRINCETON, NJ - Despite the inclement weather, the Rutgers men’s and women’s track and field teams were able to travel to Princeton, NJ, to open up the indoor season at the New Year’s Invitational on Sunday, Dec. 7. Both teams had a number of champions and several individuals qualify for postseason competition.
The top performer for the men was junior David Klics (Lincoln Park, NJ) who won the 60 meter hurdles (8.04) and established a new meet record to reach a qualifying time for the BIG EAST and IC4A Championships. Junior Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) took first in the shot put (17.66m) and also qualified for the BIG EAST and IC4A Championships. In addition, Segond qualified for the BIG EAST Championships with a 10th-place finish in the 35lb throw (15.25m). Several others qualified for the BIG EAST Championships, including freshman Darryl Black (Voorhees, NJ) in the high jump (2.00m), sophomore Kevin Chan (Wilton, CT) in the long jump (6.86m) and sophomore Gary Peters (Bronx, NY) in the triple jump (14.01m).
For the women, senior Cycerli Ash (Beach Lake, PA) had an outstanding day on her way to two wins. She took first in the shot put with a throw of 13.77m, and followed up with a win in the 20lb throw (16.87m). Both throws qualified her for the ECAC Championships. Senior Kerry Ann Mitchell (East Orange, NJ) also took home a victory in the high jump (1.75m) and qualified for the ECAC Championships. The 4x400 meter relay team of freshman Natasha Norville (Somerset, NJ), Dominique Bishop (Brooklyn, NY), and Simone Thomas (Willingboro, NJ ) and senior Desiree Battle (Syracuse, NY ) took second (4:00.45), and in individual competition, Norville took fourth in the 500 meter dash (1:17.35).
The women will next compete at the Yale Pentathlon on Friday, Jan. 9, while
the men will return to action on the same day at the Fordham Invitational.