PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers University junior Sam Segond (East Stroundsburg, PA), the ninth-ranked discus thrower in the nation, was awarded an at-large berth in the 2004 NCAA Track and Field Championships June 9-12 in Austin, TX.
Segond is one of three Rutgers athletes who will compete in the NCAA’s, joining juniors Anthony Butler (Pittsgrove, NJ) and Shameka Marshall (Mizpah, NJ), who qualified for the NCAA Championships at the Eastern Regionals last weekend in Gainesville, FL. Butler won the high jump championship at 2.16 meters (7-1), while Marshall (Mizpah, NJ) qualified with a leap of 6.30 meters (20-8) to finish in fifth place in the women’s long jump.
Three members of Scarlet Knight men’s team and two members of the women’s team narrowly missed out on gaining at-large berths in the NCAA Championships. Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ), in the 200-meter dash, Trevor O’Grady (Wood Ridge, NJ) in the decathlon, and hurdler David Klics (Lincoln Park, NJ) barely missed out on becoming at-large entries.
On the women’s side, senior Jen Austin (Garfield, NJ) in the javelin, and junior Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA) in the 800-meter run, were just shy of being awarded at-large spots.