NEW YORK, NY - The Rutgers men's indoor track and field team secured five first-place finishes and 16 marks in the top three en route to a first place finish at the 2006 Metropolitan Championships on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City.
Rutgers' 196 points out-distanced Manhattan College, which placed second with 178.50 points, while Seton Hall was third with 102.
On the track, junior Joe Porter (Franklin, NJ) won the 200m dash in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 21.23, followed by junior Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ), who took third in 21.65. Porter also finished third in the 60m, clocking a time of 6.91. Senior Ryan Westman (Bala Cynwyd, PA) won the 500m in 1:03.97 and freshman Erick Duverge (Bloomfield, NJ) finished third in the 800m run in 1:56.19.
Senior Tom Morley (Westmont, NJ) and sophomore Mike Snihur (Liverpool, NJ) placed second and third, respectively, in the 1,000m run. Morley clocked a time of 2:29.49, followed by Snihur in 2:30.38. Junior Bill Hulbert (North Tonawanda, NY) finished third in the mile run with a time of 4:13.53.
Rutgers also received a pair of first-place marks from its relay teams as the 4x400 and 4x800 teams won their respective events. The 4x400 ran a time of 3:13.62, while the 4x800 crossed the finish line in 7:50.40.
The Scarlet Knights finished 1-2-3 in the pole vault with freshman Brian Duggan (Staten Island, NY) leading the way, as he finished first with a mark of 4.65 meters. Sophomore Jamie Stanley (Basking Ridge, NJ) took second, clearing a height of 4.50m and senior Trevor O'Grady (Wood Ridge, NJ) was third (4.35m).
Senior All-American Marquis Allen (Mays Landing, NJ) was the runner-up in the long jump competition with a leap of 7.34m, while All-American Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) also finished second in the shot put, recording a toss of 17.06m. Sophomore Jamal Ames (Vineland, NJ) was third in the heptathlon with 4,296 points.
Rutgers will return to action for the 2006 BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Feb. 18-19, at the University of Akron's Athletic Field House in Akron, OH.