In his first race in 10 months, Antonio Tarantino won the 200-meter dash at the TCNJ Invite this weekend at the Armory.
Tarantino, a Paul VI graduate and sophomore at Rutgers, ran 21.56 to easily beat the field. He finished four meters ahead of second-place Grant Swinton of Academy of the Arts, who ran 21.89.
Tarantino competed in only one outdoor meet for Rutgers last year, running legs on two relay teams at the USF Bulls Invitational in Tampa.
This race was his first open 200 since March 1 of last year, when he placed second in the 200 at IC4A’s in Boston with a wind-legal personal-best 21.05.
Tarantino, a Blackwood native, has a wind-legal outdoor PR of 21.07 from the 2018 New Balance Championships, where he placed third. That was his last outdoor 200.
Tarantino’s 21.56 is No. 3 in the Big East this year behind Ohio State junior teammates Eric Harrison (21.20) and Tyler Johnson (21.35), who raced at the Jim Green Invitational in Lexington, Ky., this past weekend.