Paul VI graduate Antonio Tarantino became one of the fastest freshmen in NCAA Division 1 Saturday in his first collegiate 200-meter dash!
Tarantino, a freshman at Rutgers, ran 21.09 to place second at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University.
Tarantino wasn’t even seeded in any of the four-fastest sections of the 200 but he easily won the fifth-fastest section, and his time held up for fastest among more than 200 collegians in the race.
The only sprinter to run faster than Tarantino was Winston George, competing for New Balance, who won the fast heat in 20.98.
Tarantino’s only previous open race at Rutgers was a 60 at a meet at the Armory last month.
His time is No. 7 among freshmen in NCAA Division 1 and is only 14-100ths of a second off the Rutgers school record of 20.95 set in 2006 by Rob Waters at IC4A’s in Boston and matched last week by Izaiah Brown at the Metropolitan Championships at Ocean Breeze.
Tarantino’s previous indoor 200 PR was a 21.82 from the trials at New Balance Nationals last year at the Armory. Outdoors, he has a wind-aided (2.8) 20.54 to his credit from the prelims of the outdoor New Balance Nationals last spring. His wind-legal PR is a 21.07 from the finals of the same meet with only a 0.1 meters-per-second wind reading.
Tarantino is a Blackwood native.