NEW YORK, N.Y. (Dec. 1, 2018) – It didn't take the Rutgers University-Camden indoor track team long to start re-writing the program's record book.
The Rutgers-Camden men set four program records as the Scarlet Raptor men and women started their season at the The College of New Jersey Indoor Open Saturday night at the world-famous New Balance Track and Field Center.
Senior Cameron Dobbins
broke his own record in the 300-meter dash and was the Raptors' lone winner of the night as he posted a time of 35.38 to pace the 66-man field. Dobbins broke his mark of 35.64 he set at the same event on Dec. 2, 2017.
Dobbins also competed in the 60-meter dash, finishing seventh of 49 in the preliminaries (7.02) and fifth of seven in the finals (6.96).
Senior Andrew Kustera
also broke the record he set in the shot put last season at the Frank Colden Invitational (Feb. 3, 2018). Kustera had a shot put of 14.87 meters on Saturday night to finish eighth out of 19 athletes. His old mark was 14.13 meters.
Another program record from last year's TCNJ Indoor Open fell as freshman Desmond Howell
set a mark at 600 meters with a time of 1:26.07 to finish eighth in the 24-man field. He broke the time of 1:30.58 set by Vinny Maine
at last season's opening meet. Maine, now a sophomore, finished 13th on Saturday night with his PR of 1:27.80. Senior Elijah Crouch
gave the Raptors a third strong performance in the event, finishing 16th in a time of 1:28.42.
Rutgers-Camden junior Jude Misko,
a transfer who was an All-American with Rowan College at Gloucester County, added the Raptors' fourth record with a weight throw of 15.80 meters. He finished fifth out of 15 and broke the mark of 5.09 meters set by Drew Harper
at the Fast Times Before Finals meet on Dec. 9, 2017. Harper, now a senior, finished sixth in the shot put on Saturday with a throw of 15.01 meters.
Senior Tom Meyer
led a trio of Raptors in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries, finishing 15th of 25 (8.96). Meyer also teamed with Howell, Crouch and Maine on the men's 4x400 team which finished 11th of 18 teams in a time of 3:33.37.
On the women's side, the Raptors' top performances were turned in by junior Nicole DeMarco
and freshman Kayana Clue.
DeMarco finished 12th out of 27 with a shot put of 10.24 meters. Clue placed 22nd of 51 in the 300-meter dash, posting a time of 45.35. Senior Erica Gilmore
was 39th in that event (49.01).
The Scarlet Raptors return to action Friday when they compete in the Seahawk Shootout at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, New York.
Sat. 1 The College of New Jersey Indoor Open
(at New Balance Track and Field Center, New York, NY)
Rutgers-Camden School Records:
* Men's 300 M, Cameron Dobbins
, 35.38 (Old: 35.64 by Dobbins, Dec. 2, 2017 at the TCNJ Winter Opener)
* Men's 600 M, Desmond Howell
, 1:26.07 (Old: 1:30.58 by Vinny Maine
, Dec. 2, 2017 at the TCNJ Winter Opener)
* Men's Weight Throw, Jude Misko
, 15.80 M (Old: 15.09 by Drew Harper
, Dec. 9, 2017 at the Fast Times Before Finals meet)
* Men's Shot Put, Andrew Kustera
, 14.87 M (Old: 14.13 M by Kustera, Feb. 3, 2018 at the Frank Colden Invitational)
* Men's 300 M, Cameron Dobbins