It was a big weekend for senior track and field star Jermaine Griffith, who was competing in the 400m at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He qualified for the final by winning his preliminary heat on Friday night with a time of 46.49 seconds. In the final, held Saturday, Griffith finished in seventh place with a time of 47.10. By qualifying for the 400m final, Griffith earned first team All-America status, the first time in his distinguished career.
Griffith had qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships with his third place finish at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago, with a career best time of 46.15. Teammate Izaiah Brown won the Big Ten Championship in the 400m, breaking a conference record with a time of 45.32 seconds, but was unable to compete this weekend due to a calf injury.
For Griffith, this was the second consecutive national meet he competed in, after becoming a second team All-American in the 400m last year at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He and Brown will have a great opportunity to have successful seasons this spring in outdoor competition. It will be Griffith’s last with Rutgers and for a full look at his career accomplishments, click here.
Congratulations to Jermaine Griffith on becoming a First Team All-American in the 400m!