PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers freshman Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ) became the first Rutgers track athlete to be named Outstanding Track Performer and only the ninth athlete in conference history to win three events at the championship meet as the Rutgers men’s track and field team captured second place at the 2004 Outdoor BIG EAST Track and Field Championship at Rutgers on May 2 with 160.5 points.
The Rutgers coaching staff was named Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year after leading RU to the highest finish in school history at the BIG EAST Championship. The Scarlet Knights finished in the top five for the sixth consecutive year. Notre Dame took the team championship for the second year in a row.
In Waters’ first race of the day, he joined junior David Klics (Lincoln Park, NJ), sophomore Marcel Coleman (Harrisburg, PA) and freshman Joe Porter (Franklin, NJ) on the 4x100 team that blazed to a 40.69 finish to secure Rutgers its first ever BIG EAST 4x100 meter championship. The time was just .03 off the school record despite the damp conditions.
Waters then scored another pair of firsts for RU. He finished the 100-meter dash in 10.61, becoming the first Scarlet Knight to win the BIG EAST 100 meter championship. Coleman also scored points with his fifth-place finish (10.82). Waters then returned in the 200-meter dash and took the event with a time of 21.39. The win also represented the first ever for a Scarlet Knight in the event. Porter took fifth (21.87) in the race, while Klics took seventh (22.01). Klics also competed in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing second (13.91).
Sophomore Rowan Clarke (Teaneck, NJ) picked up five points with a fourth-place finish (14.78) in the triple jump, while sophomore Ryan Westman (Bala Cynwyd, PA) took seventh (50.95) and garnered two points in the 400-meter dash. The 4x800 team of sophomore Tom Morley (Haddon Township, NJ), senior Brian Stanziano (Barnegat, NJ), senior Xavier Mendez (Portage, IN) and junior Mike Redden (South Orange, NJ) finished fifth (7:31.83) to add four points.
A trio of Scarlet Knights finished strong in the javelin, with junior Brian Lee (Mt. Laurel, NJ) taking third (62.80m), senior Christian Francisco (Bloomfield, NJ) finishing fourth (62.50m) and freshman Matthew Bodak (Parlin, NJ) taking sixth (60.01m). In the pole vault, senior Lloyd Nolan (Bronx, NY) and senior Dustin Runkle (Fort Wayne, IN) took fifth (4.60m) and sixth (4.60m), respectively. In the final race of the day, the 4x400 team of sophomore Anthony Gallo (Wall, NJ), Klics, Waters and Westman finished seventh (3:18.30).
The men will next compete at the 128th Annual IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships at Yale beginning on Thursday, May 13, with the decathlon and continuing through Sunday, May 16.
Men’s Final Standings
1. Notre Dame 172.50
2. Rutgers 160.50
3. Connecticut 115
4. Georgetown 78
5. Virginia Tech 63
6. Pittsburgh 54
7. Villanova 46
8. Providence 43
9. Miami 37
10. Syracuse 34
Seton Hall 34
12. Boston College 13