BOSTON, MA – Paced by junior Trevor O'Grady, the Rutgers University men’s track and field team scored 74.33 points to finish ahead of 52 other collegiate teams and capture the school’s first-ever IC4A Indoor Championship on Sunday, March 6, on the campus of Boston University.
O’Grady (Wood Ridge, NJ), who was coming off a stellar performance at last weekend’s BIG EAST Indoor Championships in which he was named Most Outstanding Field Performer, continued his momentum in the IC4A meet. O’Grady won the heptathlon and set the school record with an NCAA provisional mark of 5,340 points. O’Grady’s point total was also an IC4A meet record.
Senior Greg Ostrowicki (Howell, NJ) and sophomore Adam Golembeski (Torrington, CT) took third and fourth place, respectively in the heptathlon, as Ostrowicki finished with 5,163 points and Golembeski tallied 5,147 points.
Sophomore Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ) finished second in the 200m with an NCAA provisional mark and school-record time of 21.19. Waters also competed with juniors Gary Peters (Bronx, NY), Ryan Westman (Bala Cynwyd, PA) and sophomore Joe Porter (Franklin Park, NJ) on the 4x400 relay team to finish second and set the school record, clocking a time of 3:11.36.
Westman also won the 500m run with a time of 1:01.89 and senior David Klics (Lincoln Park, NJ) finished third in the 55m hurdles, clocking a time of 7.42.
Other top performances for the Scarlet Knights included a third place finish for the 4x800 relay team of freshman Jerry Boucicaut (Paterson, NJ), senior Mike Redden (South Orange, NJ), and juniors Tom Morley (Haddon Township, NJ) and Ambar Patel (Lake Hiawatha, NY). The relay team clocked a time of 7:30.20, while junior Rowan Clarke (Teaneck, NJ) took fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 47’ 9 ¼”. Senior Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) also took fifth in the shot put with a toss of 56’ ½”.
“This is an enormous accomplishment for our program, winning the first IC4A championship in the history of our program,” said Rutgers head men’s track and field coach Mike Mulqueen. “The team is ecstatic. It was a well-balanced, team effort. What I am really most proud of is that it truly was a team effort. I couldn’t be more proud of a group of young people.”
1. RUTGERS 74.33
2. George Mason 56
3. Manhattan College 52
4. Yale 36
5. Iona College 34
6. Georgetown 32
7. Liberty 30
7. Pittsburgh 30
9. Cornell 27.50
10. St. Joseph’s 26