SYRACUSE, NY – The Rutgers men’s track and field team finished second in the BIG EAST Championships that were completed on Sunday at the Carrier Dome, with 168.50 points. Notre Dame won the 2005 men’s championship with 182 points.
O’ Grady was crowned the men’s individual heptathlon champion, finishing the seven-event competition with 5,168 points. The junior beat fellow Scarlet Knight Greg Ostrowicki (Howell, NJ) and Adam Golembeski (Torrington, CT), who totaled 5,006 and 4,892 points, respectively, to win the title. Rutgers also claimed the top two spots in the men’s high jump competition with seniors Lonnie Washington (Elizabeth, NJ) and O’ Grady finishing first and second, respectively. Washington claimed the individual crown with his highest jump marked at 2.06 meters.
Rutgers junior Rowan Clarke (Teaneck,NJ) won the triple jump competition with a jump of 14.61 meters. Fellow Scarlet Knight Gary Peters (Bronx. NY) took second place, with his best jump reaching 14.27 meters. In the men’s shot put, Scarlet Knight senior Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) in second place. Pittsburgh’s Justin Clickett took the title with a 18.30 meter toss and Segond of Rutgers finished just behind at 18.28 meters. In day one of action, Segond took the 35 pound weight throw title with Clickett finishing second.
Rutgers junior Ryan Westman (Bala Cynwyd, PA), who ran a time of 1:03.10, was edged by Villanova sophomore Dew Eckman (1:02.38), to finish second in the 500 meter dash. Rutgers made a late push to catch Villanova at the finish line in the 4x400 meter relay. The Scarlet Knights were crowned the champions, finishing in a time of 3:17.49.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS (MEN)
1. Notre Dame, 182 points
2. Rutgers, 168.50 points
3. Pittsburgh, 98 points
4. Georgetown, 77 points
5. Villanova, 75 points
6. Syracuse, 53 points
7. Seton Hall, 38.50 points
8. Providence, 38 points
9. Connecticut, 23.50 points
10. Boston College, 19.50 points