Florida Tech’s Ondrej Rapp Becomes First All-American In Track and Field Program History

By  //  May 27, 2017

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Ondrej Rapp became the first All-American in the history of the Florida Tech men’s track & field program. (FIT image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – A year of training has culminated into an impressive showing for two Florida Tech freshmen in the men’s long jump finals at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by IMG Academy.

Competing against a field of mostly upperclassmen, Ondrej Rapp and Joshua Norville performed admirably at DII’s biggest stage.

For Rapp, in particular, his performance has put him in a category all by himself, as he became the first All-American in the history of the Florida Tech men’s track & field program.

Rapp opened the long jump competition with a foul in his first attempt. However, he bounced back with a distance of 7.45m in his second attempt, which eventually clinched him a seventh place result in the final and All-American honors.

Norville just missed on his first two attempts, recording a pair of fouls, before posting a leap of 7.03m to finish 12th overall in the competition.

Sedeekie Eddie of Lincoln (Mo.) won the national championship in the long jump with a best attempt of 7.77m. Marquise Corbett of Tiffin (7.72m) outlasted Lawrence Russel, Jr. of Barton (7.72m) thanks to his second best leap of 7.56m.

Head coach Jason Munsch has a lot to be proud of from the 2017 season, not just with the performance of his two freshmen jumpers on Thursday but the entire track & field program as a whole.

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Albany State’s Cervantes Jackson (7.60m), Indianapolis’ Joshuah Bass (7.57m) and Grand Valley State’s Isaiah Thomas (7.57m) rounded out the Top-6.

Head coach Jason Munsch has a lot to be proud of from the 2017 season, not just with the performance of his two freshmen jumpers on Thursday but the entire track & field program as a whole.

Florida Tech had the best season in program history this year, and has much to look forward to in 2018.

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