Freshman Cameron Hudson collected First Team All-America accolades in the men's long jump in his first-ever appearance at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday. His outstanding performance closes the book on the 2013 East Carolina outdoor season.
Hudson earned a fourth-place finish with a career-best and ECU school-record tying mark of 7.86m (25-09.50). The Charlotte, N.C., native tied a 28-year old school record which was set by former Pirate Chris Brooks in 1985. Hudson is the first-ever Pirate to collect All-America honors in the men's long jump and is the first ECU male student-athlete to garner All-America status since 2007.
"Words can't express how proud and excited we are for Cameron," Head Coach Curt Kraft said. "To be a freshman and come into this meet and accomplish what he did is outstanding. As a coaching staff, we all had the faith that Cameron could accomplish what he did today. He has had a great freshman season and to cap it off like this is really special. Cameron is a special student-athlete in a lot of ways. He has a very bright future ahead of him here at ECU."
In addition to earning All-America honors, Hudson concluded his freshman outdoor campaign with four first-place finishes in the long jump, three second-place finishes in the 100-meter dash, and first-place finishes in the 4x100-meter, 4x200-meter, and 4x400-meter relays.