BRONX, NY – The Rutgers men’s indoor track and field team secured five first-place finishes on its way to a decisive victory at the Fordham Invitational on Friday, Jan. 7. The Scarlet Knights led the team scoring with 126 points, followed by Rider with 102.5 and Manhattan College in third (90.5). RU was one of 15 teams to compete.
In the sprints, sophomore Joe Porter (Franklin, NJ) broke the school record time in both the 60m and 200m events. Porter ran a BIG EAST and IC4A qualifying time of 6.83 in the 60m and 21.40 in the 200m. Porter held the previous 200m (21.65) record. Finishing a hundredth of a second behind Porter was teammate Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ), clocking a time of 21.41 in the 200m. Waters also qualified for the BIG EAST post-season meet. Junior Marcel Coleman (Harrisburg, PA) posted a BIG EAST qualifying time in the 60m dash, running a time of 7.01 in the trial heat. The 4x400 relay team of Porter, Waters, Mike Redden (South Orange, NJ) and Ryan Westman (Bala Bynwyd, PA) won the event with a time of (3:19.55).
Westman also placed second in the 500m (1:04.28), qualifying him for both the BIG EAST and IC4A post-season meets. Senior Luis Tomlinson (Willingboro, NJ) took third in the 400m (49.94), while junior Ambar Patel (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) finished fourth in the mile run (4:14.81). Both Tomlinson and Patel qualified for the BIG EAST meet. The Scarlet Knights also finished first in the 4x800 relay with a time of 7:57.08. The team consisted of freshmen Jerry Boucicaut (Paterson, NJ), Mike Snihur (Liverpool, NY) and juniors Tom Morley (Westmont, NJ) and Patel.
In the field, juniors Rowan Clarke (Teaneck, NJ) and Gary Peters (Bronx, NY) went one-two in the triple jump with a leap of 47’11 ¾” and 46’11 ¾”, respectively. Clarke and Peters both qualified for the BIG EAST and IC4A meets. In the high jump, senior Lonnie Washington (Elizabeth, NJ) and freshman Jamal Ames (Vineland, NJ) finished tied for second with a BIG EAST qualifying jump of 6’4”. Senior Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) and sophomore Paul Applegate (Beachwood, NJ) qualified for the BIG EAST meet in the shot put. Segond won the event with a throw of 54’6 ½”, while Applegate finished a close third with a distance of 50’ 6 ½”.
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Saturday, Jan. 15, when they travel to University Park, PA to compete in the Penn State Invitational.