Track and field competes in Rutgers meet, prepares for championships

On Friday and Saturday, the men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to New Jersey to compete in the Rutgers Invite track meet. Just ahead of the conference championships, the Chargers looked to have more members qualify, in hopes of competing for the Northeast-10 Championships in two weeks.

In his second meet of the year, Davon Colon broke his previous record in shot put by .67 meters throwing a career best 14.60 meters. Colon broke his record with his first throw but didn’t stop there, breaking the 14 meter stat on his fifth throw to mark his new career best in the event.

Carlos Rivera found similar success as he too broke his previous career best in the weight throw. Coming into the meet, Rivera was throwing just under 13 meters but found a new strength as his weight throw was marked at 14.69 meters. After his first two throws were both over 14, it was his third throw that set his new record.

In his first meet competing in the weight throw, Russel Kobierecki set a new team personal record. It took him just one throw to set the record of 12.23 meters and to establish his standard for the next four years in the Blue and Gold.

Elise Dodel recorded her second best throw in the weight throw championship. After recording her career best throw of 13.11 meters at the Art Kaddish meet earlier in the season, she threw 12.87 meters at Rutgers on just her first throw of the competition.

The Chargers will return to Connecticut to compete at Southern Connecticut State University this Saturday. This will be their last chance qualifier meet to prepare before the conference championships in two weeks.

Any athletes who qualify will then be able to compete at the NCAA Division II Championships in Kansas on Mar. 11-12. More information on the Chargers’ schedule and results can be found at