PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 23, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s track and field team was named an All-Academic Team for the 2013-14 season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), it was announced on Wednesday.
To qualify for the team, schools must attain at least a 3.00 cumulative team grade point average. The Scarlet Knights achieved a 3.13 grade point average for the academic year and tied with Nebraska with the highest GPA among the five Big Ten institutions represented.
In addition to their success in the classroom, the Scarlet Knight’s men’s track and field program also had a number of notable athletic achievements as well.
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 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.
Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersMensTF) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/Rutgers_MensTF) for all of the latest news and updates. Fans also receive timely information, including special offers and www.ScarletKnights.com.