EWING, NJ – A relay title and another from Kevin Christensen helped the TCNJ men’s track and field team to a runner-up finish at the NJAC Outdoor Championship.
The Lions picked up 133 team points to finish behind seven-time reigning champion Rowan, which ran away with the title on the strength of a 300-point meet. TCNJ held off Stockton, which wound up with 128.5, for second.
Tom Domozych, Andrew Lodge, Tyler Scott, and Ray Schmitt gave TCNJ its first outdoor championship in the 4×100-meter relay since 2011 with a winning time of 41.97, enough to nip Stockton by two-hundredths of a second with the 10th-fastest mark in program history.
Christensen became the first TCNJ outdoor 1500-meter champion since Shaun McGeever in 2012 with a career-best 3:54.06, a full second clear of Rowan’s runner-up. The time is seventh best in school history. Michael Rodriguez finished fourth in a personal-best time of 3:57.89, while Tyler Balas placed seventh with a career-best 4:00.78. Stuart Gruters, Sunday’s steeplechase champion, finished just out of scoring range in ninth (4:02.47).
Alex Amoia paced four TCNJ place-winners in the 800 meters, where his time of 1:56.10 was good for third and just one hundredth of a second off the runner-up pace. Sean Burtnett was fifth (1:57.18), Roman Rychkov sixth (1:57.70), and Michael Rodriguez eighth (1:58.77).
Scott put up the best performance of his career in the 200-meter dash, blazing his way to a huge PR of 21.90 to place fifth and move all the way up to third on the TCNJ all-time performance list.
Jason Engler turned in a fifth-place effort in both the 110-meter hurdles (15.81) and the 400-meter dash (49.87), where Brett Schuett placed fourth with a personal-best 49.63 and Tyrese Gilbert took eighth (51.27).
Domozych collected a fifth-place finish with a time of 10.96 in the 100-meter dash.
Benjamin Fanta was sixth in the 5000 meters at 15:32.28.
Jahmir Anderson, runner-up in the high jump at the NJAC indoor championship, placed fifth at the outdoor meet by matching his career-best clearance of 1.90 meters on his second attempt at that height.
Lions throwers finished fourth through seventh in the shot put, with Stephen Daramola’s 13.87-meter toss leading the way. Luke Wardrobe-Garcia’s 13.73 meters was a new personal best, while George Agyei-Sam finished sixth (13.68m) and Zachary Mackiewicz was seventh (13.60m).
Mackiewicz medaled in the discus, placing third at 47.89 meters. Daramola came in sixth (44.58m) and Warlys Lizardo was seventh (41.55m).
Rychkov, Amoia, Engler, and Burtnett ended the championships with a third-place effort in the 4×400-meter relay, stopping the clock at 3:20.87.