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A’nan Bridgett earns First Team All-America honors after 6th place finish in long jump

The Scarlet Knight recorded the best leap of his career on the sport’s biggest stage.

A’nan Bridgett soared to a career best performance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
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Rutgers junior A’nan Bridgett earned First Team All-American honors on Wednesday night after finishing sixth in the Long Jump Final at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Bridgett posted a career best non-wind aided leap of 25 feet and 9.25 inches (7.85m) in his second appearance at the Outdoor Championships. He jumped almost a foot farther than last year at historic Hayward Field when he finished in 12th place and earned Second Team All-America honors. His best jump came on his second attempt and he cleared 25 feet on five of his six attempts overall. The single best distance for each long jumper is what is logged as the final result.

This completes a tremendous outdoor season for Bridgett after previously winning the long jump event at the Penn Relays and Big Ten Championship this past spring. He outperformed season results coming into the Outdoor Championships after posting the 12th farthest leap in the country before his career best result on Wednesday night. The Princeton Junction native also won the Indoor Big Ten title this past winter and has one more year of eligibility remaining.

In addition, Jameson Woodell competed in the semifinals of the 400 hurdles but failed to qualify for Friday’s Final. He ran a time of 52.79 which resulted in a 20th place finish out of 24 competitors. It was Woodell’s first appearance at nationals and will look to build off a strong spring in which he set and reset the program’s all-time record in this event.

On Thursday night, Rutgers freshman Chloe Timberg finished in 12th place in the women’s pole vault final. She entered the event as the No. 3 seed, but was unable to advance after clearing 4.20m (13’ 9.25”). The Big Ten champion had previously cleared 4.31m (14’ 1.75”) at the East Regional to qualify for the first nationals of her career. In just her first year at Rutgers in competing at the collegiate level, Timberg is already the program record holder in the pole vault in both Indoor and Outdoor. Her future is bright.