BRONX, NY - The Rutgers men’s indoor track and field team registered eight first-place finishes on its way to a convincing victory at the Fordham Invitational in the Bronx on Friday, Jan. 9. The Scarlet Knights checked in with 165 points, 66 more than their next nearest competitor (Manhattan-99).
Freshman Joe Porter (Franklin, NJ) and Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ) went one-two in both the 60-meter dash and the 200 meters in their first collegiate action. Porter won the 60 in 6.91 and set a new indoor school record in the 200 in 21.82, while Waters registered a 7.05 in the 60 and a 22.12 in the 200. Porter’s times in both events qualified him for the BIG EAST and IC4A post-season meets, while Waters qualified for both meets in the 200 and the BIG EAST meet in the 60. Senior Harran Williams (Delran, NJ) took first in the 500 meters (1:04.37) with a BIG EAST and IC4A time and junior David Klics (Lincoln Park, NJ) won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.11, also a BIG EAST and IC4A time.
The Scarlet Knights were very successful in the field as well. Junior All-American Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) won the shot put (16.97m) to qualify for the BIG EAST and IC4A meets, while freshman Paul Applegate (Toms River, NJ) took second (14.70) to qualify for the BIG EAST Championship. Junior Anthony Butler (Pittsgrove, NJ) won the high jump (2.05m), senior Dustin Runkle (Fort Wayne, IN) took first in the pole vault (4.80m) and sophomore Marquis Allen (Mays Landing, NJ) was victorious in the long jump (7.07m). All three qualified for the BIG EAST and IC4A meets.
The team will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Penn State Invitational in University Park, PA.