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Rutgers Sends Multiple Qualifiers to NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The past few days the Rutgers men's and women's track teams had several athletes in action in Jacksonville, Florida for the NCAA Outdoor East Regionals. Rutgers had a successful meet, having seven athletes qualify for a combined six individual events and one relay event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon in mid-June.

The Big Ten champion, three-time all-american and Big Ten medal of honor winner Corey Crawford qualified for the next step in Oregon in two weeks. It will be his second appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and he finished 8th overall at the 2016 Indoor Championships. Crawford will be looking to close out his storied Rutgers career with a strong performance in two weeks with a chance to win the long jump national title.

Mirabelli is the Big Ten javelin champion and he qualified for his second trip to the NCAA championships.

Jermaine Griffith will also be making his second trip to nationals after placing 8th overall in the 400m race this weekend.  However, he wasn't done there, as he qualified for a second event as well.

The 4X400 relay team consisting of Calvin Knox, Rajee Dunbar, Jermaine Griffith, and Izaiah Brown broke the program record on their way to qualifying for the NCAA championships. Here is video of Brown anchoring the race for Rutgers and coming from behind to send the foursome to Eugene, Oregon in two weeks.

Brown's anchor leg was the fastest 400m run all-time at Rutgers.

On the women's side, only superstar Gabrielle Farquharson advanced, qualifying for three different events for the Outdoor National Championships. She is the Big Ten champ in the 100m and finished second in long jump and third in the 200m. Farquharson will be making her second appearance at the Outdoor Nationals. The two-time all-american will be looking to finish her career in style two weeks from now.

Unfortunately, the 4X100 relay team barely missed qualifying, failing to win the last spot by less than a tenth of a second. Even with that disappointment, it was a very successful weekend for both the men's and women's track & field teams. Good luck to all of the qualifiers as they prepare for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will be held on June 8th through 11th.