PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 28, 2014) -- Seven Scarlet Knights will be in action this weekend at the NCAA East Regional with eyes set on qualifying for the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon in June.
Competing this weekend at the NCAA East Regional hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida are redshirt junior Corey Crawford (Oakland, N.J.) and sophomore Emeka Eze (Sayreville, N.J.) in the long jump, senior Chris Wyckoff (Toms River, N.J.) in the pole vault, sophomore Thomas Carr (Voorhees, N.J.) in the javelin, freshman Jermaine Griffith (Hamilton, N.J.) and junior D’Andre Jordan (Brooklyn, N.J.) in the 400m and RU’s 4x400 relay team.
Crawford, the national runner-up in the long jump during the indoor season, currently ranks eighth in the country and twice has broken the school record during the outdoor season. The American Athletic Conference champion, he most recently broke the Rutgers benchmark with a leap of 7.91m (25’ 11 ½”) in capturing in the IC4A title.
This will be Crawford’s third appearance in the regional having placed 19th as a sophomore in 2013 (7.18m/ 23’ 6 ¾”) and 34th as a freshman in 2012 (7.03m/23’ ¾”)
Eze will also be competing in the long jump after a stellar performance at the IC4A Championships. He took second, right behind Crawford, in the standings and shattering his personal best. Eze reached a distance of 7.65m (25’ 1 ¼”), besting his previous mark by .40m.
Carr returns to the regionals after placing 19th in the javelin last season in what was then a personal best mark of 65.84m. The 2013 BIG EAST and 2014 American Athletic Conference champion, Carr most recently took sixth at the IC4A Championships at a distance of 64.49m (211’ 7”) and posted a personal best in taking second at Penn Relays at 71.51m (234’ 7”). He currently ranks 16th nationally and 12th in the East Region.
At last year’s regionals, Wyckoff just missed the cutoff for qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the pole vault. With the top 12 advancing to Eugune, Oregon, Wyckoff took 15th as he tied the school record at a height of 5.20m. This season, Wyckoff has taken fifth at the American Athletic Conference Championships and sixth at the IC4A Championships. He opened the outdoor season consistently clearing 5.10m in his appearances at the Fred Hardy Invitational, Colonial Relays and Spec Towns Invitational.
Two Scarlet Knights – Griffith and Jordan – will be racing in the 400m. Griffith medaled at the American Athletic Conference Championship in the event, taking home a bronze in a personal best time of 47.20. Jordan, meanwhile, placed fourth at the AAC Championships with a PR of 47.34.
Crawford, Griffith, Jordan and sophomore Rajee Dunbar (Arlington, Va.) will also be in action with the 4x400 relay team. The squad captured a silver at the American Athletic Conference Championships with a season best time of 3:08.92.
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