AKRON, OH - The Rutgers men’s track and field team scored 124 points to take second place at the 2006 BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Athletics Field House in Akron, OH. RU matched its second-place finish from a year ago at the 2005 indoor championships.
Connecticut was named the 2006 BIG EAST Champions, scoring 135 points, followed by Rutgers in second and Notre Dame in third with 94.5 points.
The Rutgers men’s coaching staff was honored as the Co-Coaching Staff of the Year for the second straight indoor season, sharing the award with UConn. The Scarlet Knight coaching staff, consisting of head coach Mike Mulqueen, and assistants Kevin Kelly, Tony Naclerio and Lou Tomlinson, was also named the 2005 BIG EAST Indoor Co-Coaching Staff of the Year.
Senior Trevor O’Grady (Wood Ridge, NJ), the Aéropostale Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and last season’s Most Outstanding Field Performer, successfully defended his title in the indoor heptathlon, scoring 5,417 points. Junior Adam Golembeski (Torrington, CT) completed the seven-event competition with a combined score of 5,188 points to take third place. O’Grady also finished seventh in the high jump, clearing a height of 6’ 7 ½”.
Junior Joe Porter (Franklin, NJ) was named champion in the 200m dash, clocking a time of 21.35, followed by senior Marcel Coleman (Harrisburg, PA) in third (21.63) and junior Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ) in fourth with a time of 21.66. Coleman also finished fourth in the 60m in 6.86, while Porter took sixth (6.88) and Waters placed seventh (6.94).
The 4x400m relay team consisting of Coleman, Waters, Porter, and junior Charles Simmons (Elizabeth, NJ) took the runner-up spot with a time of 3:11.87. Simmons also competed in the 400m, finishing seventh in 49.10. Junior Jerry Boucicaut (Paterson, NJ), freshman Eric Duverge (Bloomfield, NJ), and seniors Ambar Patel (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) and Tom Morley (Haddon Twp., NJ) combined to place fifth in the 4x800m relay, running a time of 7:38.09. Senior Bill Hulbert (North Tonawanda, NY) competed in the mile run, finishing eighth in 4:08.87.
In the field events, senior All-American Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) placed second in the shot put with a toss of 55’ 9”. Seniors Rowan Clarke (Teaneck, NJ) and Gary Peters (Bronx, NY) finished second and third, respectively in the triple jump. Clarke recorded a leap of 48’ 9 ½”, while Peters had a jump of 47’ 5 ¼”. Freshman Brian Duggan (Staten Island, NY) finished fourth in the pole vault, clearing a height of 15’ 9” and junior Darryl Black (Voorhees, NJ) was fifth in the high jump (6’ 7 ½”).
Rutgers will prepare for the 2006 IC4A Indoor Championships on Saturday, March 4, in Boston, MA.