PISCATAWAY, NJ - Several members of the Rutgers University men's track and field team received national recognition for their efforts during the 2004-05 indoor and outdoor season. The list, which is compiled by Track and Field News, is made up of college and professional teams and athletes within the United States.
Senior Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA), a three-time All-American and school record holder in both the discus and shot put, was chosen as the eighth-best discus (199' 8”) and 37th-ranked shot put (61'8 ½”) thrower in the nation with his outstanding performance at the 2005 Outdoor BIG EAST Championships. Segond set school and meet records in both events en route to being named the Most Outstanding Field Performer. Segond was also named the Mondo NCAA Mid-Atlantic District Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Senior Marquis Allen (Mays Landing, NJ), who earned his first-ever All-America honor following a standout season, ranked 32nd among the nation's long jumpers. Allen posted a winning mark of 25' 3 ¼” in the long jump at the 2005 Outdoor IC4A Championships. In addition, he won the outdoor BIG EAST title and is the school-record holder in both the indoor and outdoor long jump.
Segond and Allen helped the men's team to its most successful outdoor season in program history, as the Scarlet Knights were crowned 2005 BIG EAST and IC4A Outdoor Champions. Rutgers also won its first-ever indoor IC4A championship.
Track and Field News also took notice of the Rutgers relay teams, as the 4x200 and 4x800 squads each made the list. The 4x200 relay team of juniors Joe Porter (Somerset, NJ) and Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ) and seniors Marcel Coleman (Harrisburg, PA) and Ryan Westman (Bala Cynwyd, PA) were 14th on the list, setting a school record time of 1:24.41 at the Penn Relays, while the 4x800 team consisting of former standout Mike Redden, junior Jerry Boucicaut (Paterson, NJ) and seniors Tom Morley (Westmont, NJ) and Ambar Patel (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) were ranked 30th with a time of 7:30.20 at the 2005 Indoor IC4A Championships.
The Scarlet Knights are guided by a stellar coaching staff, which earned its second consecutive outdoor BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honor this past season and was recognized as the co-Coaching Staff of the Year following the BIG EAST indoor season. The staff includes head coach Mike Mulqueen, a two-time Mondo NCAA Mid-Atlantic District Coach of the Year, and assistants Kevin Kelly (jumps), Tony Naclerio (throws) and Lou Tomlinson (sprints).