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Crawford Takes Silver at NCAA Indoor Championships
  • Posted on March 14, 2014 10:31:54 PM
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  • Albuquerque, N.M. (March 14, 2014) – Rutgers redshirt junior Corey Crawford (Oakland, N.J.) will bring back a silver medal back “to the banks” as the national runner-up in the long jump at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

    Crawford immediately jumped in front of the field of 16 reaching a distance of 7.96m (26’ 1 ½”) on his first two jumps.  On his third attempt, the top-seeded Scarlet Knight rocketed to 8.01m (26’ 3 ½ “) to stay ahead of the field and become one of nine to advance to the finals.

    In the finals, Crawford matched the same distance of his first two jumps at 7.96m (26’ 1 ½”) in the fourth round.  During the fifth round, he only reached 6.27m (20’ 7”) while Arkansas’ Jarrion Lawson matched Crawford’s best distance at 8.01m (26’ 3 ½ “).

    The championship title came down to the sixth and final round.  Lawson managed to go 8.39m (27’ 6 ½ “), becoming the top long jump in the world this season and besting Crawford’s previous top collegiate mark of 8.22m (26’ 11 ¾”) this indoor season from his American Athletic Conference Championship performance.  Crawford meanwhile fouled on his final attempt to take the silver.

    Crawford had been named the Mid-Atlantic Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and the American Athletic Conference Field Indoor Performer of the Year prior to Friday’s NCAA Championships for his long jumps this season.

    Entering competition this weekend, Crawford posted a mark of 8.22m (26’ 11 ¾”) a distance that had topped NCAA charts, was tied for fifth in the world and tied for the best among all American jumpers this indoor season.

    NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Long Jump Results:

    1. Jarrion Lawson – Arkansas – 8.39m (27’ 6 ½”)

    2. Corey Crawford – Rutgers – 8.01m (26’ 3 ½”)

    3t. Roelf Pienaar – Arkansas State – 7.80m (25’ 7 ¼”)

    3t. Emmanuel Williams – Northwestern State – 7.80m (25’ 7 ¼”)

    5. Patrick Raedler – Nebraska – 7.77m (25’ 6’)

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