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Jurcak finishes fifth at NCAAs, earns All-American Laurel

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Jurcak finishes fifth at NCAAs, earns All-American Laurel

courtesy Lynne Browske/Case Sports Information

courtesy Lynne Browske/Case Sports Information

courtesy Lynne Browske/Case Sports Information

Senior Matt Jurcak finished in a season-best 8.14 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to finish fifth at the NCAA Championship and earn his first All American Laurel.

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Case Western Reserve University senior Matthew Jurcak finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.14 seconds on Saturday evening at Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center. The fifth-place showing marks the initial All-American Laurel of Jurcak’s career.

Jurcak, a two-time national qualifier, entered the meet tied for the eighth-fastest time in the nation at 8.19 seconds and sprinted home with a time of 8.20 seconds during Friday’s preliminary heat.

Senior Tyler Jackson of Washington University-St. Louis dashed to the national title with the only sub-eight second time in 7.93. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Sutton Coleman finished second in 8.01 while Otterbein University’s Austin Curbow, who recorded Friday’s quickest time in the prelims, was third crossing the line in 8.05. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Mike Judd edged out Jurcak at the line for fourth, stopping the clock in 8.13.

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Jurcak finishes fifth at NCAAs, earns All-American Laurel