Jurcak Finishes Fifth in 60 Hurdles, Garners First Career All-American Laurel

Matt Jurcak (photo by Lynne Browske)
Matt Jurcak (photo by Lynne Browske)

GRINNELL, Iowa – Case Western Reserve University senior Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with his 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 and sprinted home with a time of 8.20 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.