Antonio Tarantino is at it again!
The Rutgers freshman via Paul VI ran another 200-meter dash PR this weekend when he took second at the IC4A Championships in 21.05 on Ithaca’s track.
Rutgers swept the top three spots in the 200, with senior Izaiah Brown winning in a meet-record and Rutgers-record 20.75, Tarantino second and sophomore Taj Burgess third in 21.14.
Tarantino had posted the second-fastest time in the trials, running 21.24 in the 10th of 11 heats of qualifying.
Tarantino lowered his indoor PR from 21.09 to 21.05. He had run 21.09 at the David Hemery Valentine Invite in Boston last month.
Tarantino’s time makes him the No. 8 freshman in NCAA Division 1 this year.
It would be nice to know where his time ranks I the history of the IC4A meet, which dates back to 1923. But incredibly the IC4A web site doesn’t list any former individual champions and doesn’t have an all-time performance list. This is one of the biggest problems with track and field. The people running meets don’t give fans and athletes any sense of the history of their events. The IC4A meet goes back almost a century! It’s got an incredible history. But good luck finding any of it. I came up empty trying to find any sort of list of all-time winners.
Similarly, the Rutgers web site lists school record holders but unlike most colleges doesn’t provide an all-time top-5 or top-10 list, so it’s impossible to tell where Tarantino ranks in school history.
Before Brown ran 20.75 the school record was 20.95 by Rob Waters in 2006. It’s possible nobody has run between 20.96 and 21.05 but we have no way of knowing.
In any case, Tarantonio’s indoor 200 PR at Paul VI was a 21.82 in the trials at New Balance last winter. His outdoor PR is a wind-aided 20.51 in the trials of the outdoor New Balance nationals. His outdoor wind-legal PR is a 21.07 from the finals of last year’s New Balance nationals.
Tarantino is a native of Blackwood.