ORLANDO – Rutgers track and field traveled to the campus of UCF to begin the 2023 outdoor season, competing in the Black and Gold Invite on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18. The Scarlet Knights posted several standout finishes, including three event wins and 12 combined placements in the top three.
The men’s 4×100-meter relay earned a victory for the Scarlet Knights, running 40.08, while Joshua Mather and Kassidy Johnson each claimed an individual win for both the men’s and women’s squads. Mather took first in the javelin with a throw of 68.07m (223′ 4″) and Johnson ran 4:20.50 to finish first in the 1,500-meter.
The Scarlet Knights posted 12 total finishes in the top three with the men’s squad accounting for nine of those performances.
Following the Mather win in the javelin was Steven Coponi who took second with a throw of 66.64m (218′ 7″). Rutgers went 2-3 in the 1,500-meter as William Hare placed second in 3:48.73, followed by Gavin Richards in third in 3:49.22. Chris Serrao finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.40, while Nadale Buntin placed third in the 100-meter in 10.45.
The Scarlet Knights went 2-3 in another event with Konstantinos Bouzakis finishing second in the discus with a throw of 56.38m (184′ 11″) and Kyle Lipscomb in third with a distance of 55.60m (182′ 5″).
On the women’s side, Alianna Eucker finished second in the javelin with a throw of 43.82m (143′ 9″). In the shot put, Jasmine Van Note placed second with a mark of 15.56m (51′ 0.75″).
The Scarlet Knights will head to Long Branch, New Jersey to compete in the Monmouth Open on Saturday, March 25.
3. Nadale Buntin 10.45
2. Chris Serrao 51.40
5. Sincere Robinson 14.10
2. William Hare 3:48.73
3. Gavin Richards …
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