PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 5, 2013) -- The Rutgers men’s outdoor track & field team took third place as the 2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field wrapped up action on Sunday at the Bauer Track and Field Complex. Senior James Plummer (South Toms River, N.J.) was named the BIG EAST’s Most Outstanding Field Performer.
Connecticut captured the 2013 title with 119.5 points with Notre Dame claiming second with 107.5. The Scarlet Knights took third accumulating 103.5 points and South Florida finished in fourth with 98.5 points.
Plummer captured the BIG EAST discus title handily and set a new championship and Bauer Complex record with his distance of 60.85m. The senior Scarlet Knight, who ranks fifth among Division I performers in the discus, threw 8.12m further than second place Andrew Wells of Pittsburgh. The former BIG EAST Championship record was 60.71m set by Sam Segond back in 2005.
Four Scarlet Knights took part in finals racing on Sunday led by the second place performance by senior Monroe Kearns (Jackson, N.J.) in the 800m and a third place finish by freshman Kyle Holder (Randolph, N.J.) in the 400m hurdles. Kearns posted a IC4A qualifying mark of 1.50.16in the 800m, while Holder crossed the finish line in an IC4A qualifying mark of 53.23 and only .02 seconds away from second place. In other finals, Kadeem Douse (Ewing, N.J.) took seventh 10.71 (IC4A Qualifer) in the 100m and redshirt sophomore Corey Crawford (Oakland, N.J.) raced to a sixth place finish 21.76 (IC4A Qualifier) in the 200m.
The 4x400 relay team of Kadeem Douse, Corey Crawford, sophomore D’Andre Jordan (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Rajee Dunbar (Arlington, Va.) and the 4x800 relay team of junior Steve Burkholder (Marlton, N.J.), junior Curtis Richburg (West Orange, N.J.), junior Karon Purcell (East Windsor, N.J.) and Monroe Kerns led the way for RU’s relay squads. The 4x400 team clocked in a second place time of 3:12.47 (IC4A Qualifier). The same foursome also raced in the 4x100 taking eighth place with a time of 42.41 (IC4A Qualifier). The 4x800 squad also claimed second place racing to time of 7:36.47 (IC4A Qualifier).
In other field events, senior Adam Bergo (Plainfield, N.J.) and senior Kevin Bostick (Englewood, N.J.) took second and third respectively in the men’s triple jump, while senior Chris Wyckoff (Toms River, N.J.) placed third in the pole vault. All three captured IC4A qualifying marks. Bergo reached a distance of 15.73m in the triple jump, followed by Bostick’s 15.46m. Wyckoff meanwhile cleared the bar at 4.95m in the pole vault.
The Rutgers men’s outdoor track & field team returns to action next weekend at the IC4A Championships on May 10-12 in Princeton, N.J.
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