BOSTON, MA – In its final tune-up before the BIG EAST Championships, the Rutgers men’s track and field team took first place at the Boston Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 5, on the campus of Boston University.
The Scarlet Knights scored 131 points to finish atop the seven team field, followed by MIT in second with 77 points and Northeastern in third (62).
Rutgers secured seven first-place finishes on its way to a decisive victory. In the 200m, sophomore Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ) took first place with a time of 21.31. Last week, Waters broke the school record time in the 200m at the Metropolitan Championships, clocking a time of 21.27. The record was previously set by teammate Joe Porter (Franklin Park, NJ) (21.65) at the Penn State Invitational on Jan. 17, 2004. Crossing the finish line in 22.83, to take third place behind Waters was sophomore Adam Golembeski (Torrington, CT). Golembeski also placed second I the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.00.
Junior Ryan Westman (Bala Cynwyd, PA) took first place in the 400m (47.89) and in the 800m, senior Mike Redden (South Orange, NJ) and junior Tom Morley (Westmont, NJ) finished first and second, respectively. Redden came in at 1:54.13, followed by Morley in 1:54.64. The relay team of Morley, Redden, Waters and Westman took first place in the 4x400m with a time of 3:14.40.
In the field events, senior Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) won the shot put with a toss of 55’ 7½”, while sophomore Paul Applegate (Beachwood, NJ) took third place (50’ 4¾”). Segond previously set the school record mark in the shot put at last weeks Metropolitan Championships with an NCAA provisional throw of 59’ 5½”, ranking him ninth in the country. Segond also placed second in the 35-pound weight throw (58’ 9¼”).
In the long jump, senior Lonnie Washington (Elizabeth, NJ) took first place with leap of 21’4”, followed by freshman Val Sisti (Lincoln Park, NJ) in second place (20’ 7¾”). Juniors Gary Peters (Bronx, NY) and Rowan Clarke (Teaneck, NJ) took the top two spots in the triple jump with distances of 47’ 2¼” and 46’ 3¼”, respectively and senior Dustin Runkle (Fort Wayne, IN) placed second in the pole vault, clearing a mark of 15’. Freshman Jamal Ames (Vineland, NJ) took second place in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6’ 4”, followed by sophomore Daryl Black (Voorhees, NJ) in third place (6’4”).
Both the men’s and women’s teams will head to Syracuse, NY, for the BIG EAST Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20