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Mercedes Glover and Kevon Brown
Rutgers-Newark’s’ track and field teams have produced not one but two athletes named to the prestigious All-American team: Kevon Brown and Mercedes Glover.
In spring 2011, Kevon Brown became the first All-American in R-N track & field history by finishing eighth in the NCAA Division III Indoor Nationals in the 55-meter hurdles, shattering his school record in the preliminary round. As one of the top eight finishers in the national meet, he was named to the All-American team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Brown, then a sophomore, earned the right to compete in the Nationals by running the four fastest 110-meter times in R-N history, becoming the first Raiders runner to reach the outdoor meet. He also became the first R-N athlete to reach both the indoor and outdoor national meets.
As a freshman in spring 2011, Mercedes Glover became the first All-American in women's track & field at Rutgers-Newark after finishing fourth in the javelin throw at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She threw a school-record 42.5 meters at the meet and was the top freshman finisher at the Nationals. Glover is also the first women’s javelin thrower in the five-year history of the sport at R-N Glover was named 2010-11 Rutgers-Newark Female Co-Athlete of the Year and was the first female NCAA qualifier in outdoor track and field at Rutgers-Newark.
“I didn't know exactly what to expect competing at this level for the first time, but I'm really glad to finish this high as a freshman,” Glover said after her feat. She was the only freshman to finish among the top 10.
Brown was named to the All-NJAC first team after winning the 55 meter hurdles, was three-time NJAC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, and received the Coaches’ Award for dedication to team.
Glover returned to the team in spring 2013 after recuperating from an injury and surgery. She graduated in 2015 and is a graduate student at the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Adminstration.
Injuries ended Brown’s athletic involvement but he graduated from R-N in 2014.