PRINCETON, NJ – The Rutgers University men’s track and field team captured the 2005 IC4A Outdoor Championships with a team total of 76 points to outdistance Cornell and George Mason who finished with 59 and 54 points, respectively.
Rutgers entered the third and final day of this event with 36 points, which put the Scarlet Knights in a tie with Liberty for first place. Rutgers then accumulated 40 points on Sunday to pull away for the convincing victory.
The victory gives the Scarlet Knights their third major championship in the past two months, all of which are the first in school history. On March 6, Rutgers won the IC4A Indoor Championships at Boston University. Last weekend, the Scarlet Knights captured their first-ever BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in a meet that was hosted by Rutgers. Coming off that emotional victory, and with the team involved with final exams this past week, head coach Mike Mulqueen was not sure if his team could pull off the trifecta. But Rutgers proved to be equal to the task.
“For us to win three meets of this magnitude is truly historic,” said Mulqueen. “And when you factor in final exams this week, I told our team this is one of the greatest accomplishments by a Rutgers team in all sports. This team, I believe, ranks with the best Rutgers teams of all time, regardless of sport. To compete at such a high level over a span of two months – I don’t know what else to say. This is just a special group that has worked extremely hard and I couldn’t be prouder.”
Senior Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA), the 2005 BIG EAST Most Outstanding Field Performer, continued to supply the Scarlet Knights with impressive performances, as Segond took first in the shot put with a toss of 61’ 8”. The 2005 BIG EAST Most Outstanding Track Performer, senior David Klics (Lincoln Park, NJ) also put together a solid outing, winning the 110m hurdles in 13.98.
Other scorers for the Scarlet Knights included, the 4x100m relay team of Klics sophomores Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ) and Joe Porter (Somerset, NJ) and junior Ryan Westman (Bala Cynwyd, PA). The relay team ran 40.76 to take third place.
Junior Rowan Clarke (Teaneck, NJ) finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 49’ 11”, while Waters and Porter also scored for the RU in the 200m dash. Waters ran 21.28 to take fourth place and Porter placed seventh in 21.54.
The 4x800m relay teams of freshman Jerry Boucicaut (Paterson, NJ), juniors Tom Morley (Westmont, NJ) and Ambar Patel (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) and senior Mike Redden (South Orange, NJ) clocked a time of 7:30.60 to take seventh place.
Competition on day two began with the completion of the men’s decathlon. Senior Greg Ostrowicki (Howell, NJ) scored 6,922 points, securing a second place finish and sophomore Adam Golembeski (Torrington, CT) tallied 6,847 points to take third place.
The Scarlet Knights will compete at the NCAA Regionals on Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28 in Randall’s Island, NY.COMPLETE RESULTS