PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University men’s and women’s track teams honored several student-athletes at its annual awards banquet, held at the Hale Center on Monday, May 16.
The men’s team enjoyed the most successful year in the history of the program. The Scarlet Knights capped their outstanding outdoor season with victories at both the 2005 BIG EAST and IC4A championships, while the coaching staff of head coach Mike Mulqueen and assistants Kevin Kelly, Tony Naclerio and Lou Tomlinson was named 2005 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. The team also won the 2005 IC4A Indoor Championships and finished second in the 2005 BIG EAST Indoor Championships.
The Scarlet Knights honored MVP’s from both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Heptathlete Trevor O’Grady (Wood Ridge, NJ) and sprinters Rob Waters (Bellmawr, NJ) and Ryan Westman (Bala Cynwyd, PA) received the team MVP award for the indoor season.
Two-time All-American and 2005 BIG EAST Most Outstanding Field Performer, Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) was RU’s co-MVP in the outdoor season, along with the 2005 BIG EAST Most Outstanding Track Performer, sprinter/hurdler David Klics (Lincoln Park, NJ). Segond set meet records in the discus (199’ 2”) and shot put (61’ 8½”), while Klics competed in five events, recording four top-three finishes to help lead the Scarlet Knights to their record-tying 192 point total.
Mulqueen and his staff also recognized triple jumper Rowan Clarke (Teaneck, NJ), decathlete Adam Golembeski (Torrington, CT), distance runner Ambar Patel (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) and sprinter Joe Porter (Somerset, NJ) as recipients of the Colin D. McManus Most Improved Award.
The women’s team honored Shameka Marshall (Mispah, NJ); one of the program’s most decorated and accomplished athletes, as the Most Valuable Player this season. The school record-holder in seven events (60m dash, 60m hurdles 100m hurdles, indoor/outdoor long jump, and member of record holding 4x100 and 4x200m relay teams), Marshall elevated her status as one the country’s top track and field athletes after earning All-America honors in the indoor long jump at the 2005 NCAA Championships on March 11.
In addition to winning the long jump at the 2005 BIG EAST Indoor Championships, Marshall also took the long jump and 60m hurdle titles at the 2005 ECAC Indoor Championships, on her way to being named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.
Marshall concluded an incredible outdoor season with victories in both the long jump and 100 meter hurdles at the 2005 BIG EAST and ECAC Outdoor Championships.
The Most Improved Athlete Award went to sprinter Natasha Norville (Somerset, NJ) and distance runner Julie Delimon (Stanhope, NJ), while distance runner Alexis Gray (Toms River, NJ) was the recipient of the Donna M. O’Carroll Memorial Award, given to the most valuable freshman.
The men’s and women’s team will each send eight representatives to the 2005 NCAA Regionals on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 in Randall’s Island, NY.