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College Track & Field:
Stewart Sets School 5,000-Meter Mark at New Jersey Invitational

Saturday, April 15, 2006

By Mike Ballard
RutgersCamden Sports Correspondent

EWING - Freshman Travis Stewart (Runnemede, NJ/Triton Regional) set a Rutgers University-Camden record in the 5,000-meter run as the Scarlet Raptors competed at the New Jersey Invitational here April 15.

Stewart posted a time of 16:16.49 to finish seventh in the race. He beat the program record of 16:20.89 by Tom Thomasson at Montclair State March 27, 1999.

The Rutgers-Camden men's team finished 12th of 13 programs with 10 points. Host The College of New Jersey won the event with 119 points, barely edging Richard Stockton College (118).

In the women's competition, Ithaca College posted 154 points to win the 11-team competition. Rutgers-Camden finished ninth with 17 points.

For the Lady Raptors, senior captain Carmen Zimmitt (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) finished fourth in the long jump (17-10.75), marking the first time in four spring meets she did not win the long jump competition. She also was sixth in the triple jump (33-6.75) and 11th in both the 100-meter (12.66) and 200-meter (26.85) dashes.

Sophomore Imani Hafiz (Franklinville, NJ/Delsea Regional) finished fifth in the triple jump (34-6.25), while senior Tanishia Greene (Georgetown, SC/Georgetown) was 17th at 100 meters (13.42) and 22nd at 200 meters (28.68).

Sophomore Jessica Hull (Sicklerville, NJ/Fairton Christian Center and Academy) placed 22nd in the 100-meter dash (13.91) and 27th at 200 meters (29.86). Freshman Becca Taylor (Haddon Heights, NJ/Haddon Heights) finished sixth in the discus (94-6) and seventh in the shot put (29-8.25).

In addition to Stewart, the Rutgers-Camden men saw freshman Jonathan Salamon (Bridgewater, NJ/St. Joseph-Metuchen) finish fifth at 800 meters (1:57.96) and 23rd at 1,500 meters (4:14.92), while sophomore Darryl Mendillo (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) was 40th at 800 meters (2:07.62).

Sophomore Michael McClain (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace Prep) finished 14th in the long jump (16-7.0) and was 15th in the triple jump (34-2.75).

The Scarlet Raptors return to action Saturday at the East Stroudsburg University Invitational.

Photos by Hugh Tsung