Rowan hurdlers Benjamin & Salemo off to smoking fast starts outdoors

High hurdler David Benjamin and intermediate hurdler Anthony Salemo are both off to hot starts this spring for Rowan University’s track team.

Benjamin, a versatile sophomore jumper, sprinter and hurdler from Freehold Township, already has a 14.42 to his credit in the 110-meter highs this spring from the Emory Invitational last month. That ranks No. 2 in NCAA Division 3 behind only indoor national champ Luke Campbell of Salisbury (Md.), who ran 14.04 at the Colonial Relays.

Benjamin also has a 10.94 100 and a 6-2 3/4 high jump under his belt this spring. He’s a returning All-America in the high hurdles for the Profs after placing seventh at indoor nationals in Grinnell, Iowa, and winning the New Jersey Athletic Conference title.

At Freehold Township, Benjamin was a sectional champ in the high jump and participated in just about every other event at some point before graduating in 2011.

Salemo, a sophomore from Ramsey, has already run a lifetime PR, and we’re not even halfway through April.

Salemo came into the season with a PR of 53.77, set at a meet on his home track in Glassboro last April, but he broke that with a 53.75 on the same track in his first 400 IH outing of the season. That’s No. 5 in Division 3.

Salemo led a 1-2-3 Rowan sweet in the Oscar Moore Invitational, with Christopher Mesiano of Schalick second in 54.45 and Ulysses Santos of Bloomfield High School third in 54.81.

Mesiano and Santos are 17th and 24th on the D-3 list, giving Rowan three of the 24-fastest intermediate hurdlers in the country.

Rowan will be in Baltimore this weekend for the Johns Hopkins/Loyola Invitational on Saturday.


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