Florida Tech’s Ondrej Rapp Becomes First All-American In Track and Field Program History
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech Sports // May 27, 2017
FIT had the best season in program history
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.
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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