BRONX, N.Y. (February 27, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s indoor track and field team will head to the 2014 American Athletic Conference this weekend at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory. The Scarlet Knights will be among the eight conference teams vying for the championship title.
Events begin on Friday, Feb. 8 at 8:30 a.m. and run through the afternoon of Saturday, Mar. 1. The championships will also be available to watch on The American Digital Network.
Among the league leaders heading into the championships are redshirt junior Corey Crawford (Oakland, N.J) in the long jump, junior D’Andre Jordan (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in the 400m and the Scarlet Knights’ 4x400 relay team.
Crawford made headlines in early February with his record setting long jump at the New Balance Invitational. He leaped to a distance of 7.97m (26' 1¾"), which not only set a Rutgers record and is the top long jump among competitors in the American, but at the time was ranked ninth in the world and tops among all Americans. Crawford’s mark currently puts him 20th overall internationally and is the seventh best long jump by an American this indoor season.
Jordan heads into the American Championships with the second best time among all conference competitors in the 400m Jordan captured a time of 47.83 at the Rutgers Invitational, where he not only won the 200m but also repeated as the 400m champion, to kick off the indoor season. Jordan was named an American Track Athlete of the Week this indoor season, as well, after winning the 200m and 400m titles in helping the Scarlet Knights to a second place showing at the Metropolitan Championships.
Rutgers’ 4x400 relay team also enters championship action with the conference’s second best time. The team of Jordan, senior Corey Caidenhead (Bergenfield, N.J.), and sophomores Kyle Holder (Randolph, N.J.) and Rajee Dunbar (Arlington, Va.) posted a time of 3:13.58 in their second place finish at the Terrier Invitational in late January for the mark.
Last season at the BIG EAST Championships, the Scarlet Knights placed 10th overall. Rutgers had top three placements in the triple jump, high jump and pole vault, as well as top eight finishers in the 800m and shot put.
Following this weekend’s championship, the Rutgers men’s indoor track and field team will head to Boston, Mass. for the IC4A Championships.
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