May 24 - OSHKOSH, Wisc. – Bethany College sophomore Matt Cruse (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) finished seventh in the finals of the 110 hurdles Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to earn All-American honors, the second of his career.
Also an All-American in the 55 hurdles at the Indoor Championships, Cruse was consistent throughout the weekend. He entered the competition ranked seventh out of 16 runners in the field and then ranked seventh following Friday’s preliminary heats after running a school-record time of 14.49 seconds.
In Saturday’s final, Cruse would take seventh again, as he crossed with a time of 14.56 to finish in front of Edgar Townsend from Greenville (14.65) and Beresford Brown from Moravian (15.13). The Bison sophomore was just edged out by Moravian’s Nathanial Tussey (14.50) and Tri-State’s Russell Dill (14.55).
The 110 hurdle champion was senior Jarod Renford from Greenville, who recorded the fastest time in Division III this season at 14.22. In second place was William Brown from Montclair State (14.28), with Thiel’s Dorran Coley (14.39) grabbing third.
Cruse’s first All-American accolade was garnered in March when he took fourth in the 55 hurdles. He became the first Bison to ever earn indoor All-American honors, which means Saturday’s result makes him the first Bethany runner in school history to be a two-time All-American.
Cruse also qualified for NCAAs this year in the 400 hurdles, as he placed 11th overall in Thursday’s preliminaries. The 11th place showing mirrored his finish from the 2007 Outdoor Championships in the 110 hurdles, as he is the first BC track athlete to qualify for NCAA Track Championships twice.