PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers University men’s and women’s track and field teams honored its athletes at their annual awards banquet, held at the Hale Center on Tuesday.
The men’s outdoor team, which will send 11 athletes to the NCAA Regionals on May 28-29, finished second in the BIG EAST Championships and second in the IC4A’s out of 73 teams. Both second place finishes were the highest in school history.
The men’s team, under the direction of head coach Mike Mulqueen, gave out multiple MVP awards this season. Rutgers recognized three athletes as MVP’s in field events – triple jumper Anthony Butler (Pittsgrove, NJ), long jumper Marquis Allen (Mays Landing, NJ), and discus and shot put thrower Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA). The Scarlet Knights also recognized one track athlete as MVP – 4x100 member and 110 hurdler David Klics (Lincoln Park, NJ).
The men’s team also recognized co-recipients of the Colin D. McManus Most Improved Award, donated by William VonFabrice. The recipients were 4x100 member, 100 meter and 200 meter dash standout Marcel Coleman (Harrisburg, PA) and decathlon/pentathlon standout Trevor O’Grady (Wood-Ridge, NJ).
The women’s team, under the tutelage of head coach Roberta Anthes, will send seven athletes to the NCAA Regionals. The outdoor team finished fifth out of 81 teams in the ECAC's and in a tie for fifth in the BIG EAST Championships. Shameka Marshall (Mitzpah, NJ) – 4x100 relay member, long jumper and 100 meter dash standout, was named MVP of the women’s team. The Most Improved Athlete award went to triple-jumper Kahimah Liverman (Paterson, NJ). The co-recipients of the Donna O’Carroll (Best Freshman) Award went to 4x100 relay members Ariel Brockman (Marlton, NJ), and Coryn Gomez (Somerset, NJ). The Courage Award, given annually to the student-athletes (s) who, throughout her career, overcame significant adversity to contribute to her team at the championship level, went to javelin thrower Melinda Foster (Long Branch, NJ) and long distance runner Julie Culley (Lebanon, NJ).