April 14- WEXFORD, PA - Bethany College sophomore Matt Cruse (Naples Fla./ Barron Collier) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Men’s Track Athlete of the Week for April 14th.
When running at the Slippery Rock Invitational on Saturday, he had a fantastic day. Cruse received a provisional qualification for the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in the 110 hurdles. He came in first place with a time of 14.83 seconds.
“He ran very well in bad conditions,” head track coach Andy Upton said. “He did better when most others were struggling with the weather. Despite running in the slow heat in the 110 hurdles, he was able to come out on top against very good competition including several Division II hurdlers.”
This is not the first time he has qualified for the Outdoor National Championships in this event. Cruse qualified last year and came out to be 11th in the nation. Also in the Indoor National Championships this year, he placed fourth and received All-American accolades.
While he was running at Slippery Rock, he nearly qualified for the National Championships in the 400 hurdles. He took third with a time of 54.67, which is just .17 seconds away from qualifying for the championships. Later that day, he placed seventh in the 200 with a time of 22.88.
This is the third PAC award Cruse has received in his career. He also received it for the week of March 31st and for April 1st of last year. In addition, Cruse received the ECAC athlete of the week earlier this year.
An accounting major, Matt is the son of Margaret and Bill Cruse of Naples, Fla.
Story by: Patrick Piekarski, Sports Information Assistant