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Rutgers Has Seven Track Athletes Competing in NCAA Championships

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The NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships begin today at legendary Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. Rutgers has several athletes competing today and throughout the entire meet.   Full live coverage will be shown tonight on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. Here is a preview of when all the action will take place.

Corey Crawford - Long Jump

The Big Ten champion and three time All-American is seeded 9th and will compete today at 9 pm est. It is the last hurrah for one of the best track athletes in school history.  He set the school record with his winning jump of 7.93m at the Big Ten championships. Crawford finished 6th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2014 and 8th this past winter at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The reality is if Crawford can execute the best long jump of his accomplished career, he could leave Rutgers as a national champion.

Chris Mirabelli - Javelin

The sophomore is making his second appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after placing as a honorable mention All-American last year. This time he returns as the reigning Big Ten champion.  Mirabelli is seeded 17th in the javelin and competes tonight at 8:45 pm est.

Jermaine Griffith - 400m

Griffith returns for his second NCAA Outdoor Championships appearance after placing as an honorable mention All-American last year. He enters this year's field as the 11th seed in the event, which start with the semifinals heat at 9 pm est tonight. If Griffith advances to the Final, he will compete Friday night with a chance to win a national championship.

Gabrielle Farquharson - 100m; 200m; Long Jump

Farquharson is the lone female track & field athlete from Rutgers competing at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She will have a busy schedule, competing in three separate events all within one hour on Thursday night between 8:45 pm est and 9:45 pm est. Thursday's coverage can be seen on ESPN. If Farquharson advances in either the 100m or 200m, she will race in the Finals Saturday night. Gabrielle looks to finish her Rutgers career on a high note after being named the Mid-Atlantic Track Athlete of the Year earlier this week!

Calvin Knox, Rajee Dunbar, Jermaine Griffith, Izaiah Brown - 4X400m Relay

The foursome are coming off a program record performance at the NCAA Regional two weeks ago.  They enter the Championships as the 20th seed and race in the semifinals tonight at 10:45 pm est. If they advance to the Finals, they will race again Friday at the same time.

Good luck to all the members of the Rutgers Track & Field team competing this week in Oregon!