Erika Rucker
Erika Rucker

Hometown:
Flowery Branch, Ga.

High School:
Flowery Branch

Event:
Sprints

Year (I/O):
Sr./Sr.


6x All-American
• Indoor 400m: 2012 Second Team, 2013 Second Team
• Outdoor 400m: 2012 Second Team, 2013 First Team
• Indoor 4x400m: 2013 Second Team
• Outdoor 4x400m: 2012 Second Team
All-SEC
• Indoor 4x400m: 2013 Second Team
2013 SEC Indoor 4x400m Relay Silver Medalist
2012 SEC Indoor Freshman Runner of the Year
2012 IAAF World Junior Championships 400m Bronze, 4x400m Gold
USTFCCCA All-Academic Status
• 2013, 2014 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
• 2011-12 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2014: A 400 meter specialist...Indoors - finished fifth at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a time of 54.04...was plagued with injury difficulties throughout the season, but returned to the track at SEC Indoors, running a 54.57 to finish 17th...Outdoor - Redshirted

2013: NCAA Indoor (400m, 4x400m) and Outdoor (400m) participant, collecting a pair of second team All-America certificates at the indoor championships and a first-team honor at the outdoor championships...indoors, picked up where she left off in 2012, winning her first meet of the season at the Auburn Invitational and collecting the victory at the prestigious Armory Collegiate Invitational with a then-season-best time of 52.93...went on to run an indoor PR in the finals of the SEC Indoor Championships, taking fourth with a time of 52.22...qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, narrowly missing the finals by .03 with her ninth-place time of 52.88...member of the 4x400m relay team that won silver at the SEC Indoor Championship (3:33.68) and finished 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championships (3:35.49)...outdoors, ran the 800m twice, posting the third-best time in school history at the Hurricane Invitational (2:07.27) before transitioning to her natural 400m distance...took fourth at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a time of 53.22...ran her best time of the season at the NCAA East Preliminary, posting a 52.07 in the preliminaries...qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships where she ran a 52.25 to qualify for the finals and a 53.20 in the finals to finish eighth...ran lead-off on the 4x400m team that posted their fastest time of the season at Florida Relays (3:35.19)...4x4 finished fifth at SEC Outdoors and moved on to the NCAA East Prelims narrowly missing out on an NCAA bid.

2012: Three-time All-American : Second-Team honors in the 400m for the indoor and outdoor season as well as the outdoor 4x400m relay...NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Participant...NCAA East Preliminary qualifier.....SEC Indoor Freshman Runner of the Year...SEC Outdoor All-Freshman Team...USTFCCCA All-Academic Status

Indoors, competed in the 400m and 500m...placed second at the Rod McCravy Memorial in the 400m...top mark of 53.08 in the finals of the SEC Indoor Championships to claim fourth...finished 11th in the preliminaries of the NCAA Indoor Championships...placed 4th in her only 500m appearance of the season, with a 1:13.51...ran second leg on the 4x400m relay team that placed 6th at the SEC Indoor Championships with a 3:38.70...ran leadoff for the 4x400m relay that ran 3:36.87 to finish 3rd at the Last Chance Qualifier meet...Outdoors, competed in the 400m and 800m...won the Spec Town Invitational in the 400m...claimed ninth overall at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a 53.68...ran a then season-best 52.95 in at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to finish 15th in the prelims... won the Weems Baskin Invitational 800m...top 800m mark at the North Florida Invitational with a 2:10.00...ran leadoff for the 4x400m relay team that took fourth at the SEC Outdoor Championships recording a 3:34.77, placed fifth at the NCAA East Preliminary by running a season-best 52.58 and ended the season placing 11th in the prelims at the NCAA Outdoor Championships

Ran at the USA Junior Nationals and qualified for the IAAF World Junior Championships where she won bronze in the women's 400m with a personal best of 51:10 and helped bring home the gold as a part of the 4x400m relay...ran the lead-off leg for the team with a split of 50.89 to pace the Americans to a nearly three-second victory time of 3:30.01. Rucker, Olivia Ekpone, Kendall Baisden and Ashley Spencer combined to run a new World Junior leader for this year in the event

HIGH SCHOOL: Top times of 24.63 in the 200m, 53.96 in the 400m and 2:14.56 in the 800m ... competed at the USATF National Junior Olympics in the 400m and 800m, taking bronze medal honors in the 400m ... two-time 400m and one-time 800m Georgia state champion ... ranked No. 17 in the nation in the 400m ... placed sixth at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.