PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 9, 2014) – Rutgers redshirt junior Corey Crawford (Oakland, N.J.), who will go after the NCAA outdoor long jump title on Wednesday, has been named the Mid-Atlantic Outdoor Field Athlete of Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Crawford becomes the first Scarlet Knight to receive regional athlete of the year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches.
The national indoor runner-up in the long jump, Crawford enters Thursday’s NCAA Championship as the second seed after taking second at the NCAA East Regional at a distance of 7.77m (25’ 6”).
Crawford currently ranks eighth in the country and twice this outdoor season has broken the school record. The American Athletic Conference champion, he most recently broke the Rutgers benchmark with a leap of 7.91m (25’ 11 ½”) in capturing in the IC4A title. He first broke the RU school record in his first place Penn Relays performance at 7.90m (25’ 11”).
The Scarlet Knight also brought home long jump titles at the Georgia Spec Towns Invitational and the Colonial Relays.
The long jump gets underway at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. (EST). The meet will be available on ESPN3 and ESPNU. Live results will be available here.
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