Men's Track & Field - NCAA edition
UPDATE: The Rutgers men's track and field team closed out the 2015 outdoor season on Wednesday with sophomore Jermaine Griffith in the 400m and junior Thomas Carr and freshman Christopher Mirabelli in the javelin earning Honorable Mention All-American status at the NCAA Championships at historic Hayward Field.
Griffith placed 19th overall in the 400m as he crossed the finish line in a time of 46.72. In the javelin, Carr went the distance of 67.17m (220' 4") on his first attempt to place 17th, while Mirabelli threw for 65.80m (215' 10") on his second throw of the evening to take 19th overall.
All three Scarlet Knights were competing in their first NCAA Championship.
NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Results
19. Jermaine Griffith -- 46.72
The ESPN Family of networks will carry all of the action over the course of the championship's four days both online and on broadcast.
Thursday - ESPNU (4-5:30 p.m.); ESPN (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Friday - ESPN (4:30-7 p.m.)
Saturday - ESPN2 (2-4:30 p.m.)
Wednesday-Saturday - ESPN3 (Field Events/Combined Events)
Live results will be available here.
Carr and Mirabelli were two of 12 javelin throwers to advance out of the NCAA East Regional to the national championship and both are competing in their first NCAA Championship. Carr placed ninth at the regional at a distance of 69.09m (226' 8"), reaching the mark on his first throw of the day, while Mirabelli claimed 11th place at 68.02m (223' 2") on his third and final attempt.
The 2013 American Athletic Conference and 2012 BIG EAST javelin champion , Carr placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships in May. During the 2015 outdoor season, the junior Scarlet Knight placed first four times with titles at the Colonial Relays, Raleigh Relays, USF Bulls Invitational and PR of 72.78 (238' 9") at the Tennessee Challenge.
A first-year Scarlet Knight, Mirabelli took fifth at the Big Ten Championships and captured a PR of 69.84m (229' 2") in taking first at the Larry Ellis Invitational.
Griffith reaches the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career after taking eighth at the regional with the second fastest time in the RU record books and fastest time "On The Banks" since the use of automatic timing in 45.82. While injury kept the sophomore away from the track in the early part of the outdoor season, he rebounded by reaching the finals of the 400m at the Big Ten Championships. Griffith finished in fourth place at the conference championships and captured a then-PR of 46.85 during the preliminaries.
Speaking of men's track & field....
Rutgers assistant men's track and field coach Robert Farrell was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCA member coaches.
In his third year on the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff, Farrell's field competitors scored 30 of Rutgers' 36 points at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in May and had five of his student-athletes qualify for the NCAA East Regional.
Farrell mentored junior Emeka Eze to a Big Ten title in the long jump - the first Big Ten title for the program - and also coached both Carr and Mirabelli. Also under Farrell's tutelage, Josh Suttmeier was the Big Ten runner-up in the javelin and junior Joseph Velez broke the Rutgers record in the hammer throw on three occasions.
Each Big Ten squad has an athlete chosen as its sportsmanship honoree each season. At the conclusion of the year, the conference recognizes a male and a female athlete from each school as the outstanding sportsmanship recipient.
Senior Greta Leberfinger of the swimming and diving team and junior Ken Theobold of the wrestling team were honored by the Big Ten Conference as Rutgers University's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners.
All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Leberfinger concluded her season at the 2015 NCAA Championships, competing in the 100 and 200 breast events. Following graduation, Leberfinger is set to compete at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Additionally, Leberfinger was named the Rutgers recipient of the Big Ten postgraduate scholarship. Each conference institution selects a student-athlete that has maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point-average, demonstrated leadership qualities, served as an excellent role model and intended to continue their academic work beyond their baccalaureate degree at a graduate degree program. A psychology major with a minor in education, she earned a 4.0 GPA in the 2015 spring semester, and is an active community service participant.
Theobold qualified for his second consecutive NCAA Championships in 2015 while posting a 17-3 dual mark during the regular season, which was second-best on the team. After dropping his Big Ten-opener in RU's dual versus No. 1 Iowa on Jan. 2, Theobold bounced back with eight-straight wins, including one over a ranked opponent. Theobold was awarded the Community Service Award and Comeback Match of the Year Award at the program's postseason banquet on May 6. Off the mat, Theobold is heavily involved in Rutgers' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Embrace Kids Foundation.
Kyle Flood continues to be....Kyle Flood
There are those who may have their issues with Kyle Flood as a coach (not me), but they cannot argue that the man is just a good human being. I've met him, I've talked with him, and what you see - including his supporting other RU sports and good causes - is truly who he is. With that said, I offer you.....