Monday, May 21, 2007
By Mike Ballard
RAPTOR OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Travis Stewart completed his outstanding track season with a third-place finish and a Rutgers-Camden program record at 10,000 meters in the ECAC Championships May 17. Stewart posted a time of 31:56.39 to break his own record of 32:28.35, set April 6 at the Duke Invitational. During the spring, Stewart also set program records at 5,000 meters and in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Stewart capped the scholastic year with his third Raptor of the Week honor. He also won the honor for cross country on Oct. 16 and shared it with cross country teammate Jonathan Salamon Oct. 30.
NO TEAM SCORES
* Mike Fox, 800 M, 1:52.60 (Old: 1:52.76 by Fox at the Lions Invitational, April 28, 2007)
17-18 ECAC Championships (at Oneonta State University, New York)
MEN: 1. Cortland State, 94; 2. Springfield, 84; 3. Oneonta, 44; 4. Plattsburgh State, 35; 5. Lebanon Valley, 34; 6. Southern Maine, 33.50; 7. Franklin & Marshall, 31.50; 8. Rochester, 28; 9. Grove City, 26; 10. Hamilton, 25; 11. (tie) Farmingdale State, Gettysburg, Salem State, Washington & Jefferson, 24; 15. Bates, 23; 16. Eastern Connecticut State, 22; 17. (tie) RIT, St. Lawrence, Muhlenberg, 19; 20. Nazareth, 18; 21. Penn State-Behrend, 14; 22. (tie) Rutgers-Camden, New Jersey City, 13; 24. Ithaca, 12; 25. (tie) Westfield State, Bethany, 11; 27. Fredonia State, 10; 28. Richard Stockton, 9.50; 29. USMMA, 9; 30. Dickinson, 8.50; 31. Frostburg State, 8; 32. RPI, 7; 33. Widener, 6; 34. (tie) Ursinus, St. Vincent, Catholic, Oswego State, 5; 38. (tie) Fitchburg State, WPI, Misericordia, 3; 41. (tie) Stevens Institute of Technology, Union, 2; 43. (tie) Alfred, Ramapo, 1.
WOMEN: Rutgers-Camden did not compete.
Rutgers-Camden School Records:
*Travis Stewart, 10,000 M, 31:56.39 (Old: 32:28.35 by Stewart at the Duke Invitational, April 6, 2007)
* 4x400 (Mike Fox, Akeem Lloyd, Stefon Coleman, Jonathan Salamon), 3:22.31 (Old: 3:24.54 by Fox, Lloyd, Coleman and Salamon at the New Jersey Invitational, April 14, 2007)
The Rutgers-Camden track program completed its season with a pair of meets last week, running in the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet May 14 and closing at the ECAC Championships May 17-18.
Junior Mike Fox (Hainesport, NJ/Rancocas Valley Regional) broke his own Rutgers-Camden record at 800 meters as five members of the Scarlet Raptors’ track team competed at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet in Swarthmore, Penn. May 14.
Fox posted a 1:52.60 clocking in the 800 to finish fifth in a field of 45 runners. He broke his own mark of 1:52.76, set at the Lions Invitational April 28, 2007.
Fox led a trio of Raptors in the 800-meter run as sophomore Jonathan Salamon (Bridgewater, NJ/St. Joseph-Metuchen) finished eighth in the event (1:52.92) and freshman Akeem Lloyd (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City) was 15th (1:55.14).
The times for Fox and Salamon were both provisional qualifiers for the NCAA meet.
The Rutgers-Camden men also was freshman Justin Edmonds (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) finish seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 39-3 (11.96 M).
On the women’s side, the Lady Raptors’ lone competitor was freshman Ayla Maldonado (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown). She finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 15-11.50 (4.86 M).
Three days later, sophomore Travis Stewart (Runnemede, NJ/Triton Regional) broke his own Rutgers-Camden program record in the 10,000-meter run and the Scarlet Raptors’ 4x400 team broke its school record as the team competed at the ECAC Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at SUNY-Oneonta.
Stewart finished third in his race May 17 with a time of 31:56.39, to give the Raptors six points. The top three times were all faster than the 31:57.09 clocking which won the 2006 ECAC Championships. Stewart’s time broke the Rutgers-Camden program mark of 32:28.35 that he set on April 6 at the Duke Invitational.
On May 18, the Raptors’ 4x400 team finished 12th and broke its own program record with a 3:22.31 clocking. The team included Fox, Lloyd, sophomore Stefon Coleman (Penns Grove, NJ/Penns Grove) and anchor Salamon. Their time lowered the program record that the quartet had established a month ago, when they ran a 3:24.54 April 14 at the New Jersey Invitational.
The Scarlet Raptors also received a 16th-place finish in the javelin from freshman Jon Anderson (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) during the competition May 17. Anderson recorded a throw of 148-07 (45.03 M).
During the second day of ECAC competition May 18, the Raptors placed two of their three 800-meter runners among the top seven, scoring seven points. Fox produced five points with a fourth-place finish in 1:53.37, while Salamon finished seventh in 1:54.70, giving the Scarlet Raptors two more points. The top seven times in the race beat the old SUNY-Oneonta facility record of 1:55.88, which was set in 2005.
Lloyd also competed at 800 meters, finishing 10th in a time of 1:56.92.
The Raptors scored 13 points to finish tied with New Jersey City for 22nd place out of 44 scoring teams.
The Rutgers-Camden men completed their spring season with 11 program records, including four by their relay teams. They also had seven individual records, with three by Stewart (3,000-meter steeplechase and both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters), two by Fox (800 M and 1,500 M) and one apiece by Salamon (400 M) and junior Ian Chrzanowski (West Deptford, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) in the discus.