Antonio Tarantino is all the way back!
The Rutgers sophomore, in only his second meet in the last 10 months, beat a field of 194 sprinters Saturday in the 200-meter dash at the John Thomas Terrier Classic in Boston in 21.16.
Tarantino, in only his second meet since last March, wasn’t far off his indoor PR of 21.05 set last March at IC4A’s on the same track.
Tarantino did not compete in the spring. He hasn’t run outside since his senior year at Paul VI, which was the spring of 2018. His outdoor 200 PR is 20.51 from the trials at New Balance, and his wind-legal PR outdoors is 21.07.
In his only previous 200 this winter he ran 21.47 at Vanderbilt earlier this month.
Tarantino ran in the first of 42 sections Saturday and edged LIU’s Kimorie Shearman, who was second in 21.24.
Tarantino’s time is No. 19 in NCAA Division 1 and No. 3 in the Big 10 Conference, behind only Samson Colebrooke of Purdue, who ran 20.88 in Nashville Saturday, and Wayne Lawrence, who ran 21.11.
At Paul VI, Tarantino was Meet of Champions winner in the 200