Men's Track & Field
Rutgers will be sending three competitors to the NCAA Championships next week. Sophomore Jermaine Griffith qualified in the 400m following his eighth place performance at the East Regional on Friday evening. Resetting his PR for the second straight day, Griffith clocked in with a time of 45.82. His finish time was not only .32 seconds faster than his preliminary performance (46.14), but also only .12 seconds off the school record and the second fastest time in the RU record books. Griffith's time is the fastest time at Rutgers since the use of automatic timing. He was one of 12 from the East Region to advance to national championship racing in the 400m. Griffith reaches the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career in his second NCAA East Regional appearance.
In the field events, the Scarlet will be sending two javelin throwers to the championships in Eugene, Oregon. Junior Thomas Carr and freshman Christopher Mirabelli will be joining Griffith in representing Rutgers at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Carr and Mirabelli were each one of 12 javelin throwers to advance out of the NCAA East Regional to the national championship on Friday. Carr placed ninth at a distance of 69.09m (226' 8"), reaching the mark on his first throw of the day. Mirabelli claimed 11th place reaching 68.02m (223' 2") on his third and final attempt. Carr, appearing in his third NCAA Regional, advances to his first national championship. The 2013 American Athletic Conference and 2012 BIG EAST javelin champion placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships earlier this month.
NCAA EAST REGIONAL RESULTS
8. Jermaine Griffith - 45.82
Big Ten Track & Field Update
The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships field features 49 men's and 39 women's Big Ten participants, representing all 13 Big Ten schools (Northwestern does not sponsor programs). In the men's relays, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State will compete, while Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue advanced relays to the NCAA Championships on the women's side.
Rutgers senior midfielder Joe Nardella added to his list of honors as he was named to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star Second Team.
Nardella was recently named the 205th All-American in the history of men's lacrosse, was a First Team All-Big Ten selection and the Big Ten Specialist of the Year. The Cazenovia, N.Y., native won 222-of-333 faceoffs this season, a 67.0 winning percentage that was third in the nation. He also led the team with 125 ground balls, and scored six goals with nine assists.
And you thought wrestling ended back in March! Over the weekend, the ASICS UWW Cadet and University Nationals were run at the University of Akron. Redshirt Junior Anthony Perrotti posted a 7-2 record and finished eighth at 80 KG at the event. Perrotti, who finished sixth at 74 KG in the event last summer, placed for the second consecutive season.
Thirteen other Scarlet Knights competed, including Sean McCabe (57 KG, 5-2) who finished one win shy of placing. Scott DelVecchio wrestled to a 5-2 mark at 61 KG.
Perrotti secured tech fall wins in his first two matches of the tournament, suffering his first loss in the third round. The 2014 All-American bounced back with five-straight wins, including a round of 12 victory against Keaton Subjeck (Stanford), 11-8, to solidify a top-eight finish. Perrotti forfeited the seventh-place match.
Also at 61 KG, Anthony Giraldo went 4-2, while Anthony Pafumi recorded a 4-2 mark at 80 KG. Tyson Dippery, Nicholas Gravina, Hayden Hrymack, and Billy Smith each went 3-2 in the tournament.
Wrestling Season Tickets on Sale
Rutgers Athletics announced Monday the season and single-match ticket pricing for the 2015-16 Rutgers wrestling season. Renewal season ticket sales will begin Monday, June 15, while new season ticket sales will begin on Monday, June 29. More information can be found here.