Andrew Lodge, a Shawnee graduate now in his sophomore year at The College of New Jersey, won the 300-meter dash Saturday with a big personal-best at the Joe Handelman Invitational at Princeton.
Lodge ran 35.69 on the flat Jadwin Gym 200-meter track, edging freshman teammate Tyler Scott, who is likely the same Tyler Scott who ran for Burlington Township (TCNJ’s roster does not list a hometown or high school for Scott). He was second in 36.01.
Lodge’s 35.69 ranks No. 5 on the all-time TCNJ top-10 performance list and is only 33-100ths of a second off the listed school record of 35.33, set in 2005 by Eric Green. Scott’s 36.01 is No. 6 on the all-time list.
Lodge’s previous 300 PR was 36.66 in a home meet earlier this month. Scott had never run a 300 and actually has never raced indoors before this year.
TCNJ’s 1,600-meter relay team ran 3:22.94, with Lodge running a 50.48 second leg. That’s No. 5 nationally in NCAA Division in the early going. Brett Schuett (Bethel, Conn.), Roman Rychkiov (Robbinsville) and Alex Amoia (Hunterdon Central) also ran on the 4-by-4, Amoia anchoring in 49.54. Scott ran leadoff on a 4×4 B team.
Scott ran 7.08 for 6th in the 60-meter dash final after a 7.17 in the trials. The 7.08 equals No. 10 on the TCNJ all-time list. Lodge ran 7.26 in the prelims of the 60.