PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 21, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s track and field team unveiled its 2015 indoor and outdoor schedules on Monday, as the Scarlet Knights enter their first season in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights will host the Rutgers Invitational in both the upcoming indoor and outdoor seasons.
The indoor slate kicks off right after New Year’s as the Scarlet Knights host the Rutgers Invitational at the Busch Indoor Bubble on January 9-10. Rutgers ventures into Big Ten territory traveling to the Penn State Invitational on January 16-17. RU will then wrap up January with appearances at the Great Dane Invitational on January 23 and the Metropolitan Championships on January 30-31.
February will start with the Scarlet Knights participating at the New Balance Invitational at the NYC Armory on February 6-7 and continues with competition at the Valentine’s Invitational on February 13-14.
The Rutgers men’s track and field team goes after its first Big Ten Championship held on February 13 -14 at the Spire Institute in Athens, Ohio.
The indoor season comes to a close with the IC4A Championships on March 6-8 in Boston, Massachusetts and the NCAA Championships, held this year in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on March 13-14.
Last indoor season, Rutgers was led by the national runner-up performance of rising redshirt senior Corey Crawford (Oakland, N.J.) in the long jump. Crawford, the American Athletic Conference champion in the event, reset the RU school record twice during the indoor and at one point was at the top the NCAA charts, tied for fifth in the world and had the best distance among all American indoor jumpers. Additionally, he was the American Athletic Conference’s runner-up in the high jump.
In addition to Crawford’s performance, Rutgers had five other top eight performances at the American Indoor Championships, including rising senior D’Andre Jordan (Brooklyn, N.Y.) taking second in the 400m. Other notable finishes for the Scarlet Knight included a fifth place finish for the distance medley relay team, rising senior Chris DeFabio’s (Millington, N.J.) taking sixth place in the mile and Jordan placing eighth in the 200m.
The outdoor season gets underway on March 20 at the Bulls Invitational, followed by the Scarlet Knights making an appearance at the Raleigh Relays on March 27-28.
The Colonial Relays kick off a busy month of April. After the Colonial Relays on April 3-4, RU will travel to the Spec Towns Invitational on April 10-11 in Athens, Georgia, with several members of the squad also taking part in at the Princeton Invitational on April 11. The Scarlet Knights return to Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invitational on April 17-18 followed by the 121st running of the Penn Relays on April 23-25.
The Scarlet Knights will host its lone outdoor meet of the season at the Rutgers Invitational, set for May 1-2, a tune up prior to the Big Ten Championships hosted by Michigan State on May 15-17.
The NCAA East Regional gets underway on May 28-30 in Jacksonville, Florida and the NCAA Championship will once again take place at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
The Scarlet Knights finished last outdoor season ranked ninth in the final U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Region Poll and earned a total of five medals and 11 additional top eight performances at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. Rutgers also sent seven Scarlet Knights to the NCAA East Regional.
Crawford leapt his way to the American outdoor title in the long jump and a seventh place finish at the NCAA Championships. Rising junior Thomas Carr (Voorhees, N.J.) also collected his second straight conference title with a gold medal performance in the javelin.
Other conference medalists at last season’s conference championships included a silver by RU’s 4x400 relay team and bronze by 4x200 relay team and rising sophomore Jermaine Griffith (Hamilton, N.J.) in the 400m.
2015 Rutgers Men’s Indoor Track & Field Schedule
9-10 – Rutgers Invitational – Piscataway, N.J.
16-17 – Penn State Invitational – State College, Pa.
23 – Great Dane Invitational – Bronx, N.Y.
30-31 – Metropolitan Championships – Bronx, N.Y.
6-7 – New Balance Invitational – Bronx, N.Y.
13-14 – Valentine Invitational – Boston, Mass.
27-28 – Big Ten Championships – Geneva, Ohio
6-8 – IC4A Championships – Boston, Mass.
13-14 – NCAA Championships – Fayetteville, Ark.
2015 Rutgers Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Schedule
20 – Bulls Invitational – Tampa, Fla.
27-28 – Raleigh Relays – Raleigh, N.C.
3-4 – Colonial Relays – Williamsburg, Va.
10-11 – Spec Towns Invitational – Athens, Ga.
11 – Princeton Invitational – Princeton, N.J.
17-18 – Larry Ellis Invitational – Princeton, N.J.
23-25 – Penn Relays – Philadelphia, Pa.
1-2 – Rutgers Invitational – Piscataway, N.J.
15-17 – Big Ten Championships – East Lansing, Mich.
28-30 – NCAA East Regional – Jacksonville, Fla.
10-13 – NCAA Championships – Eugene, Ore.
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