Coming off of the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago, Rutgers will send ten male and two female track and field athletes to this weekend’s NCAA East Regional Preliminary Championships. It takes place from May 24th to 26th in Tampa, Florida, Here is full breakdown of which athletes are participating in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon from June 6th to 9th.
After winning the 2017 national championship for the Hammer Throw at Cornell, Winkler has a chance to repeat this year as a grad transfer at Rutgers. He not only won the Big Ten title two weeks ago, but he shattered the program and conference championship record with a throw of 73.85 meters (242’ 3”). Winkler doesn’t need a record setting performance this weekend, as he simply needs to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Oregon for a chance to defend his title.
After finishing second and winning the silver medal in the Big Ten Championships in the 400 meters with a career best of 45.60, Burgess is seeded 8th for this weekend’s NCAA East Regional. Just a freshman, he’ll also run the anchor for the 4X400 relay team.
4X400 Relay Team
After the group of Jermaine Griffith, Izaiah Brown, Boaz Madeus and Burgess finished second and won the silver medal at the Big Ten Championships, they’ll also look to qualify for Oregon. After making a statement at the Penn Relays back in April, this team has proven they have the talent to make it to the NCAA Championships.
In addition to being on the relay team, Madeus is the seventh seed in the 400 meter hurdles. He finished in fourth place at the Big Ten Championships.
After breaking the school record in the triple jump of 12.80 meters (42’ 0”) in the Big Ten Championships, where she finished fifth, Grant makes her first NCAA Regional appearance in her last season.
The redshirt sophomore appears for a second straight season in the high jump and is the school record holder for Indoor.
The grad student finished in third place and won the bronze medal in the Javelin at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships two weeks ago. He is seeded 39th this weekend.
The sophomore makes his second NCAA Regional appearance and qualified for both the Long Jump and Triple Jump. He is seeded 47th and 48th, respectively.
After finishing in seventh place at the Big Ten Championships in the Triple Jump, Davis is seeded 39th at the NCAA Regional.
Along with Krezmer, Harnett made the field in the Javelin and is seeded 48th.
The junior is seeded 31st in the Discus competition.
In order to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June, athletes must finish in the top twelve of their event.
Good luck to all of the Rutgers athletes competing this weekend.