PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 4, 2013) -- The Rutgers men’s outdoor track & field squad currently sits in third place following day two action at the 2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships which saw a pair of Scarlet Knights win BIG EAST titles.
Connecticut currently leads the men’s side of the championship with 62.5 points followed by Louisville in second with 57 points. The third place Scarlet Knights have accumulated 38.5 points with Georgetown in fourth with 32 points.
Freshman Thomas Carr (Voorhees, N.J.) won the javelin title throwing for 65.71m reaching 5.19m further than second place Josiah Rupert of Pittsburgh. Carr, competing at his first BIG EAST Outdoor Championship, also surpassed his previous high of 61.66m captured at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Virginia in early April.
Senior Adam Bergo (Plainfield, N.J.) captured RU’s second title of the championships in the high jump in an event that featured a host of Scarlet Knights. Bergo reached a height of 2.08m for the title, .04 m higher than second place Giscard Petion of Connecticut. Senior Kevin Bostick (Englewood, N.J.) landed in fifth place at 2.04m and senior Glenn Scheideler (Randolph, N.J.) also gave the Scarlet Knights points tying for sixth place at 1.99m. Both Bergo and Bostick notched IC4A marks.
Senior James Plummer (South Toms River, N.J.) came in fourth in the shot put as he threw for a distance of 16.57m (IC4A qualifier), besting his previous high this outdoor season by .20m from the Colonial Relays in early April.
In the long jump, a pair of Scarlet Knights – redshirt sophomore Corey Crawford (Oakland, N.J.) and freshman Emeka Eze (Sayreville, N.J.) - added to the point total. Crawford reached a distance of 7.43m to take fifth, while Eze leapt to 7.30m for seventh. Both were IC4A qualifying jumps.
Sophomore Mike Fritz (Whippany, N.J.) also wrapped up decathlon action on Saturday finishing in seventh. During the final five events, Fritz took fifth in the both the discus (40.77m) and javelin (48.82m), seventh in the 110m hurdles (15.95) and 11th in both the 1500m (5:23.90) and pole vault (3.55m).
Four Scarlet Knights will be racing in Sunday’s finals in the 100m, 200m, 800m and 400m hurdles. Senior Monroe Kerns (Jackson, N.J.) won his heat of the 800m and took second overall in prelims logging a time of 1:52.12. Sophomore Kadeem Douse (Ewing, N.J.) was the eighth and final runner in the 100m to qualify for tomorrow’s finals. Douse ran to a time of 10.72 (IC4A Qualifier). Corey Crawford was also the eighth and final qualifier for the 200m clocking in at 21.60 (IC4A Qualifier). Freshman Kyle Holder (Randolph, N.J.) will also race on Sunday in the finals of the 400m hurdles. Crossing the finish line in 53.90, Holder took fifth in the prelims.
While not advancing to the finals on Sunday, three Scarlet Knights picked up IC4A qualifying marks in preliminary heats. Kadeem Douse just missed out on reaching the finals of the 200m by .04, but did earn an IC4A time of 21.64 in his ninth place finish along with freshman Rajee Dunbar’s (Arlington, Va.) 12th place time of 21.79. Freshman Alex Malveaux (East Brunswick, N.J.) also earned a qualifying time of 14.84 in the 110m hurdles.
Action at the 2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships conclude on Sunday with the finals of the 100m, 400m, 800m 1,500m, 400m hurdles, women’s 100 hurdles, men’s 110 hurdles along with the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relays, triple jump, discus, women’s high jump and men’s pole vault.
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