Jurcak Earns Second All-American Honor with Fifth-Place Finish in California

Matt Jurcak (photo courtesy of Sara Tincher)
Matt Jurcak (photo courtesy of Sara Tincher)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Case Western Reserve University senior Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) earned his second career All-American honor with a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles on the third and final day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Fritz B. Burns Stadium on the campus of Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps College.

Jurcak, who recorded the fifth-fastest preliminary time yesterday, sprinted to a career-best tying mark of 14.53 seconds. Freshman Justin Johnson of St. Norbert College (Wisc.) was the only competitor to finish under 14 seconds, winning the National Championship in a meet-record time of 13.79.

A three-time national qualifier, Jurcak ends his career as a two-time All-American after placing fifth in the nation in the 60m hurdles at the 2012 DIII Indoor Championship in early March in Iowa.