PRINCETON, N.J. (December 7, 2013) – Junior Corey Crawford (Oakland, N.J.) helped kick off the indoor track & field season by setting a new school record as he repeated as the long jump champion on Saturday to highlight Rutgers’ results at the New Year’s Invitational hosted by Princeton.
“The coaching staff thought we competed well,” said head coach Mike Mulqueen. “The meet is used to shake off the cobwebs and start competing again. We thought we did that and had many positives come out of today.”
Crawford’s jump of 7.79m is currently the number one long jump mark in the nation. He bested the previous school record of 7.66m recorded by Marquis Allen at the Metropolitan Championships in 2003 and his previous high of 7.63m captured at the 2012 IC4A Championships.
Crawford’s long jump performance highlighted 11 top five performances for the Scarlet Knights at the New Year’s Invite. Also in the long jump, sophomore Emeka Eze (Sayreville, N.J.) placed third leaping to a distance of 7.15m.
In other field events, sophomore Ryan North (Mayetta, N.J.) took third at a height of 1.98m in the high jump, followed by teammate AJ Vance in fourth at 1.93m. Additionally, freshman Bryan Pearson (Mt. Bethel, Pa.) threw for a distance of 15.46m in the shot put for fourth place.
On the track, Rutgers was led by a second place performance by senior Corey Caidenhead (Bergenfield, N.J.) in the 600m. Caidenhead raced to a time of 1:21.58, a mere .02 seconds behind first place finisher Darien Edwards of Rider.
Junior D’Andre Jordan (Brooklyn, N.J.) led the Scarlet Knights in the 300m with a third place result. Jordan logged a time of 35.16 and was followed by sophomore Rajee Dunbar (Arlington, Va.) at the finish line in fourth with a time of 35.21.
Rutgers had a pair of Scarlet Knights in the finals of the 60m hurdles. Junior Mike Fritz (Whippany, N.J.) raced to a fourth place time of 8.65, followed by freshman Brennan Crowle (Endwell, N.Y.) in fifth with a time of 8.68.
In the relays, RU’s 4x400 team of Caidenhead, junior Kevin Condal (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.), junior Kadeem Douse (Ewing, N.J.) and Dunbar combined for a time of 3:26.78 to take fourth place.
The Rutgers men’s indoor track & field team returns to action at the Rutgers Invitational held at the Bubble on Busch campus on Jan. 10-11.
New Year’s Invitational Results
60 Meter Hurdles:
4. Mike Fritz - 8.65
5. Brennan Crowle - 8.68
3. D’Andre Jordan - 35.16
4. Rajee Dunbar - 35.21
12. Kadeem Douse - 36.49
25. Alex Malveaux - 38.76
2. Corey Caidenhead - 1:21.58
6. Karon Purcell - 1:23.47
7. Kyle Holder - 1:24.23
9. Calvin Knox - 1:24.72
12. Brendan Jaeger - 1:25.99
4. Rutgers – (Caidenhead, Condal, Douse, Dunbar) - 3:26.78
6. Rutgers – (Holder, Knox, Jordan, Purcell) - 3:31.29
4. Bryan Pearson - 15.46m
14. Kofi Yamoah - 11.98m
1. Corey Crawford - 7.79m
3. Emeka Eze - 7.15m
3. Ryan North - 1.98m
4. AJ Vance - 1.93m
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