PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to Syracuse, NY, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20, for the Indoor BIG EAST Championship meet at the Carrier Dome. Last season, the men’s team registered a fourth-place finish, while the women took ninth place.
Junior Trevor O’Grady (Wood Ridge, NJ), senior Greg Ostrowicki (Howell, NJ) and sophomore Adam Golembeski (Torrington, CT) will join junior David Klics (Lincoln Park, NJ) to represent the Scarlet Knights in the heptathlon event. Klics was a runner-up in the heptathlon at the 2004 Indoor BIG EAST Championships, while O’Grady, Ostrowicki and Golembeski led an impressive 1-2-3 sweep of the decathlon at the 2004 Outdoor BIG EAST Championships.
Sophomores Joe Porter (Franklin Park, NJ) and Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ) will represent the short sprints group, competing in the 60m and 200m dash, as well as the 4x400 relay. Porter is currently tied for the second fastest time in the BIG EAST in the 60m with a school record time of 6.83, while Waters holds the second fastest time in the 200m at 21.27, also a school record.
Junior Ryan Westman (Bala Cynwyd, PA) and senior Luis Tomlinson (Willingboro, NJ) will lead Rutgers’ long sprints group. Westman took third in the 500m at last year’s meet and currently holds the fifth fastest time in the BIG EAST. Competing in the triple jump are juniors Rowan Clarke (Teaneck, NJ) and Gary Peters (Bronx, NY). Clarke and Peters have the two longest distances in the BIG EAST at 47’ 11.5” and 47’10”, respectively.
Senior All-American Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA), a four-time BIG EAST Champion, headlines a strong throws group. Segond holds the second best distance in the shot put with a school record and NCAA provisional mark of 59’ 5.25”. Segond currently ranks ninth in the country.
On the women’s side, senior Shameka Marshall (Mispah, NJ), fresh off of her school record-setting performance in the 60m hurdles (8.28) at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 5, will lead the sprints group. Marshall’s time is the fastest in the BIG EAST and an NCAA provisional mark; she currently ranks seventh in the country. Also competing in the 60-meter hurdles is sophomore Zeena Hazuri (East Brunswick, NJ) and freshman Deanna Poland (Gibbstown, NJ).
The team will look to junior Jacqueline Todd (Willingboro, NJ) to score points in the 400m. Todd currently owns the third fastest time in the BIG EAST in this event. Also competing in the sprints are sophomores Coryn Gomez (Somerset, NJ) and Ariel Brockman (Marlton, NJ) in the 200m dash. Gomez will also represent the Scarlet Knights in the 60m.
Competing in the 500m is sophomore Natasha Norville (Somerset, NJ) and senior Dominique Sanon (Lawrenceville, NJ). Norville has the second fastest time in the BIG EAST at 1:13.53. The distance groups will be led by senior Amonica Phipps (Amherst, VA) in the 800m, Julie Delimon (Stanhope, NJ) and junior Nicole Lombardy (Lincroft, NJ) in the mile run and senior Belmax DeJesus (Fort Lee, NJ) in 3,000m.
In the field events, junior Cycerli Ash (Beach Lake, PA), seniors Kiara Adams (Glenwood, MD) and Claire Inskeep (Sayreville, NJ) and sophomore Amanda Jacobs (Thompson, ND) will represent the Scarlet Knights in 20-pound weight throw. Ash, Adams and Inskeep will also compete for RU in the shot put. Senior Kerry Ann Mitchell (East Orange, NJ) will participate in the high jump and junior Kahimah Liverman (Paterson, NJ) will look to score points in the triple jump. Liverman holds the second-best distance in the BIG EAST. Also competing in the long jump is Marshall, who has the best mark in the BIG EAST at 20’ 4.25”.