PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Six student-athletes will represent the Rutgers men’s track and field team at the 2017 NCAA East Regional Championships from May 25-27 in Lexington, Kentucky, it was announced today.
Seniors Thomas Carr (javelin), Emeka Eze (long jump, triple jump) and Kyle Holder (400m hurdles), junior Christopher Mirabelli (javelin) and freshmen Perry Christie (high jump) and Tobi Tella (long jump) will all compete for the Scarlet Knights at the University of Kentucky next weekend.
The NCAA East Regional serves as the qualifier for the NCAA Championships, hosted by Oregon, at historic Hayward Field from June 6-10.
Fresh off defending his Big Ten title in the javelin last weekend at the conference outdoor championships, Mirabelli currently owns the second-best mark in the east region at 77.82m (251' 6"). Carr, who finished third at the Big Ten Championships, possesses the eighth-best distance in the event at 72.41m (237' 7").
Eze is seeded sixth in the long jump (7.81m, 25' 7.5") and ninth in the triple jump (16.14m, 52' 11.5"). The Sayreville, New Jersey, native reset his school record in the triple jump last month at the 123rd-annual Penn Relays, while his top mark in the long jump this season, collected at the Metropolitan Outdoor Championships, was the second-farthest leap in program history.
Christie and Tella will make their NCAA Regional debuts next weekend. Tella is seeded 34th in the long jump with his result of 7.51m (24' 7.75"), and Christie is seeded 47th in the high jump with his result of 2.08m (6' 9.75").
Holder returns to the NCAA Regional Championships for the second consecutive season in the 400m hurdles with his 32nd-seeded time of 52.11.
A full list of participants in this year’s regional event can be found here.
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