With former Sterling teammates Marquise Young and Jah’mere Beasley running the 1st and 3rd legs, Rowan’s 4-by-400 relay team ran one of the fastest times in NCAA Division 3 history Saturday at the D-3 nationals in Rochester, N.Y.
In the fastest 1,600-meter relay ever at in the NCAA Division 3 Championship’s 49-year history, Mount Union, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Rowan and Wisconsin-La Crosse all run sub-3:09 – something only four teams in meet history had ever done.
Mount Union of Alliance, Ohio, won the race in 3:07.24, followed by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps of Claremont, Calif., which was 2nd in 3:07.82, Rowan in 3rd in 3:08.74 and Wisconsin La Crosse 4th in 3:08.81. John Carroll in 5th ran 3:09.44, fast enough to win a national title in 44 of the 48 previous meets.
The race produced the No. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10 times in meet history.
Beasley split 47.06 and Rowan anchor Amara Conte 46.72. No splits for leadoff Young and second leg Nana Agyemang because the race starts in lanes, but Rowan’s time is No. 41 in the U.S. this year, including Division 1, Division 2 and NAIA scholaship programs, JUCOs, club teams, U.S. all-star teams, and so on.
Rowan’s previous school record was a 3:10.06 when the Profs placed 2nd in NCAA Division 3 Nationals last spring in Geneva, Ohio, with West Windsor-Plainsboro North’s John Owens, Agyemang, Beasley and Conte. The Profs came within 1-100th of a second of that record with a 3:10.07 in a meet in Columbia, S.C., last month with the same lineup as Saturday – Young, Agyemang, Beasley and Conte.
With six points in the final event, Rowan finished with 39 points and placed 3rd in team scoring behind MIT of Cambridge, Mass. (60 ½) and Wisconsin-La Crosse (49). It’s Rowan’s best team finish in 39 years, since the 1984 team outscored 2nd-place Mount Union 114-100 to win its 5th straight team title.
3:07.24 … Mount Union, 2023 [1st]
3:07.82 … Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2023 [2nd]
3:08.10 … Mount Union, 2018 [1st]
3:08.21 … Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2004 [1st]
3:08.26 … Wesley, Del., 2018 [2nd]
3:08.55 … Lincoln, Pa., 2006 [1st]
3:08.71 … Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2005 [1st]
3:08.74 … Rowan, 2023 [3rd]
3:08.81 … Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2023 [4th]
3:09.44 … John Carroll, 2023 [5th]