CAMDEN, N.J. (Dec. 3, 2018) –Rutgers University-Camden senior Andrew Kustera
opened up his indoor track season with a program record on Saturday.
Kustera added an honor from the New Jersey Athletic Conference on Monday when the NJAC named its athletes of the week. Kustera was honored as the NJAC Men's Indoor Track Field Athlete of the Week.
Kustera earned his honor after breaking his own program record with a shot put of 14.87 meters Saturday night during the TCNJ Indoor Open at the New Balance Armory in New York City. His old record of 14.13 meters was set at the Frank Colden Invitational on Feb. 3, 2018.
A transfer who was a two-year track star with Rowan College at Gloucester County, Kustera has made a big impact on the Rutgers-Camden program. He captured NJAC Honorable Mention in the shot put during his first indoor season with the Scarlet Raptors last winter. During the 2018 outdoor track season, Kustera earned NJAC Second Team honors in the shot put, while also setting the Raptors' outdoor shot put record with a distance of 14.41 meters at the NJAC Championships May 6.
A Health Sciences major, Kustera also has been a standout student in the classroom, earning NJAC Academic Honorable Mention and a berth on the ECAC Spring Semester President's Honor Roll during his junior year. He also was a member of the Rutgers-Camden Athletic Director's Honor Roll during both the 2017 Fall and 2018 Spring semesters last year. During the spring, he was one of 10 athletes out of the 129-member AD Honor Roll to record a perfect 4.0.
As a member of the RCGC track team during his freshman and sophomore years in college, Kustera placed at the NJCAA Division III nationals both years. He finished fifth in the hammer (34.39 meters) and sixth in both the discus (37.13 meters) and the shot put (12.75 meters) at the 2016 NJCAA Division III Championship meet. He was third in the shot put (13.35 meters), fourth in the hammer (41.35 meters) and sixth in the discus (34.16 meters) during the 2017 NJCAA national meet.
NJAC Men's Indoor Track Athletes of the Week