TAMPA, Fla. (May 4, 2014) – Rutgers’ 4x400 relay team took home silver and freshman Jermaine Griffith (Hamilton, N.J.) in the 400m and the Scarlet Knights’ 4x100 relay team captured bronze in the final day of competition at the 2014 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday.
Rutgers finished in sixth place. Houston captured the 2014 AAC Outdoor title with 156.50 points followed by Memphis is second with 147 points and UConn in third with 144. The Scarlet Knights collected 73.50 points.
The silver medal winning 4x400 relay team featured junior D’Andre Jordan (Brooklyn, N.J.), redshirt junior Corey Crawford (Oakland, N.J.), sophomore Rajee Dunbar (Arlington, Va.) and Griffith. The Scarlet Knights raced to a season-best 3:08.92 and finished .08 seconds behind the first place squad from Houston.
The bronze medaling 4x100 team was comprised of sophomore Emeka Eze (Sayreville, N.J.), Dunbar, Jordan and Crawford, who clocked in at a season-best 41.02.
In the 400m, Griffith captured bronze with a personal best of 47.20, shaving .10 seconds off his previous best from the Spec Towns Invite in early April. Teammate Jordan placed fifth, logging a personal best of 47.34, besting his previous mark of 47.83 from the Rutgers Invitational during the indoor season.
The Scarlet Knights also had finalists in the 200m and 1500m. In the 200m, Dunbar came in eighth with a time of 21.77. During the preliminaries on Saturday, Dunbar had raced to a new personal best of 21.49, surpassing his previous time of 21.82 set at last season’s Spec Towns Invite. The 1500m finals featured two Scarlet Knights with senior Curtis Richburg (West Orange, N.J.) finishing in seventh in 3:57.51 and junior Chris DeFabio (Millington, N.J.) placing 12th in 4:04.75. Both had set PRs in the preliminaries with Richburg registering 3:53.47 and DeFabio recording a time of 3:52.73.
Also adding to RU’s point totals were senior Chris Wyckoff (Toms River, N.J.) in the pole vault and freshman Bryan Pearson (Mt. Bethel, Pa.) in the discus. Wyckoff cleared a height of 4.93m (16’ 2”) in the pole vault for fifth place. Pearson, meanwhile, claimed seventh in the discus with a throw of 47.56m (156’ 0”).
The Rutgers men’s outdoor track and field team is next in action at the IC4A Championships hosted by Princeton May 16-18.
American Athletic Conference Champions Results
Men’s Team Scores (FINAL)
- Houston 156.50
- Memphis 147
- UConn 144
- Louisville 113
- USF 82
- Rutgers 73.50
- Cincinnati 72
- Temple 26
8. Rajee Dunbar - 21.77
3. Jermaine Griffith – 47.20
5. D’Andre Jordan – 47.34
7. Curtis Richburg – 3:57.51
12. Chris DeFabio – 4:04.75
3. Rutgers (Eze, Dunbar, Jordan, Crawford) – 41.02
2. Rutgers (Jordan, Crawford, Dunbar, Griffith) – 3:08.92
5. Chris Wyckoff – 4.93m/16’ 2”
7. Bryan Pearson – 47.56/156’ 0”
11. Emeka Eze – 13.50m/44’ 3 ½”
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