PISCATAWAY, NJ - A trio of Rutgers athletes took the top three places in the decathlon and a pair of school records dropped as Rutgers finished day two of the 2004 Outdoor BIG EAST Track and Field Championship at Rutgers on May 1 in first place with 78.5 points. Notre Dame is in second place with 56.5 points.
Junior Trevor O’Grady (Wood Ridge, NJ) (7,212 points), junior Greg Ostrowicki (Howell, NJ) (6,843 points) and sophomore Adam Golembeski (Torrington, CT) (6,526 points) went 1-2-3 in the decathlon. O’Grady’s total of 7,212 established a new school record in the event, breaking Steve Theobald’s record, which was set at the Penn Relays in 1989.
Sophomore Marquis Allen (Mays Landing, NJ) and sophomore Kevin Chan (Wilton, NJ) earned points in the long jump as Allen took second with a school record setting jump of 7.67 meters and Chan finished fifth (7.21m).
Junior Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) won his third consecutive BIG EAST discus title with a throw of 55.84 meters, while freshman Paul Applegate (Beachwood, NJ) took sixth (45.46) to contribute three team points. Segond also competed in the shot put, taking second place (17.32m).
The Scarlet Knights qualified three for tomorrow’s finals of the 200-meter dash. Freshman Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ) (21.21), junior David Klics (Lincoln Park, NJ (21.59) and freshman Joe Porter (Franklin, NJ) (21.62) will be seeded third, fourth and sixth, respectively, in the finals. Klics also qualified for Sunday’s finals in the 110-meter hurdles (13.99) with the second fastest time of the day, and Waters (10.49) will join sophomore Marcel Coleman (Harrisburg, PA) (10.62) in the finals of the 100-meter dash.
RU had a very solid showing in the high jump with five Scarlet Knights scoring points. Junior Anthony Butler (Pittsgove, NJ) finished in second with a jump of 2.13 meters, while freshman Daryl Black (Vorhees, NJ) (2.04m), junior Lonnie Washington (Elizabeth, NJ) (1.99m), O’Grady (1.99m) and Ostrowicki (1.99m) took fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Sophomore Ryan Westman (Bala Cynwyd, PA) qualified for the finals of the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.21.
Due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, the third and final day of competition will begin earlier than scheduled. The running events, originally scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., will now begin at 10:00 a.m. The field events, originally scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., will now begin at 9:30 a.m. Tickets cost $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children 18 and under and senior citizens. Students from BIG EAST Conference institutions will be admitted free of charge with a valid school ID.