Last weekend, Rutgers senior Perry Christie won the gold medal in the high jump at the 2021 Big Ten Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
The school record holder cleared a height of 2.18m (7’ 1.75”) to win the Big Ten title by two and three-quarter inches. He earned First Team All-Big Ten honors with his victory. It was the second medal of Christie’s career at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, having won the bronze last year.
Can’t say enough of how proud I am of this young man. Blessed to be a part of his journey. He’s come a long way. With the gold already in hand, Perry sealed his trip to NCAAs with this jump of 2.18m. #WeRInevitable #excitedcoach #bigtenchampion #bigten #jerseystrong pic.twitter.com/Tuz1Sk4g41— Coach Farrell-Rutgers (@CoachFarrell_RU) February 28, 2021
Another standout performances on the men’s side for Rutgers was Senior Taj Burgess, who won bronze with a third-place finish in the 400-meter with a time of 45.82. It was the first indoor medal for Burgess in his Rutgers career and third overall after earning silver medals in the 400-meter and 4x400-meter relay outdoors.
Other standout performances included redshirt junior Qayyim Ali finishing fourth in the high jump with a personal best of 2.08m (6’ 9.75”). Redshirt sophomore Nadal Buntin finished fifth in the 200-meter with a personal best time of 21.13. Redshirt sophomore A’nan Bridgett finished sixth in the long jump with a distance of 7.30m (23’ 11.5”).
To read about how Rutgers performed at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on the women’s side, click here.