The 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place from June 5th through June 8th in Austin, Texas and Rutgers will have three participants. Here is a preview of who is competing from Rutgers and a complete guide on how to follow and watch the entire NCAA Championships this week.
Chris Mirabelli - Javelin
The graduate student will compete in the finals of the javelin for the fourth time in his outstanding career. The three-time All-American won his third Big Ten title last month with a throw of 71.83m. The javelin finals at the NCAA Championships take place on Wednesday, June 5th at 7:45 p.m. ET and will be steamed live on ESPN3. Click here to watch.
Taj Burgess - 400m
The sophomore competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as a rookie and earned Second Team All-American status last year. He is back for a second time and will compete in the 400m semifinal on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. You can watch it live on ESPN2. If Burgess advances, he would run in the final on Friday, June 7th at 9:32 p.m. ET., which will air live on ESPN.
Reanda Richards - 400m Hurdles
The freshman sensation comes to Austin with a legitimate chance to win a national title. Richards has won back to back events, winning the Big Ten title followed by winning the NCAA East Regional two weeks ago. She ran the nation’s second fastest time this season at 56.31 to win the regional. Only Kansas State’s Ranae McKenzie has been faster and it was only by 0.20 seconds. Richards has won five event titles overall in her rookie campaign and will look to continue her dominance in the 400m hurdles semifinal on Thursday, June 6th at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2. If she advances, the final will take place on Saturday, June 9th at 7:57 p.m. ET and shown live on ESPN2.
Best of luck to all three Rutgers athletes competing at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin. We will post updates throughout the week and weekend.