Rowan scored in 16 of 21 events and more than doubled second place Utica in winning the 2017 ECAC Division 3 track and field championships this weekend at Ithaca.
Rowan scored 18 points in the high jump, 17 in the high hurdles and 10 in the long jump and won the 800- and 1,600-meter relays to roar to its second straight team title at the ECAC Division 3 track championships in Ithaca, N.Y.
Eastern Regional graduate Jeffrey Jon Tucker won the high jump at 6-9 3/4 on a jump-off with teammate Harrison Escoffrey after both cleared 6-8; Dave Benjamin, Oakcrest grad Chase Toliver and Penns Grove alum Jason Stefanski placed 2-4-5; and Tucker went 23-10 to win the long jump by 1 1/4 inches over Stockton’s five-time All-America Jared Lewis out of Deptford in a battle of former Olympic Conference stars.
That’s 45 points in just the high jump, high hurdles and long jump. Rowan outscored second-place Utica 115-53.
The hurdles were huge. Peter Girardi of St. John Fischer won in 8.24, but Benjamin was second in 8.29, Toliver fourth in 8.40 and Stefanski, the freshman from Penns Grove, fifth in 8.45.
Rowan also swept the two short relays, with Dior Hightower (Paul VI), Steven Jones, Jonathan Ramirez and Benjamin running a meet-record 1:30.25 and Marquis Tabb (Pemberton), Ramirez, Walter Victor (Gloucester Township Tech) and Jamil Jackson (Highland) running 3:21.36, with Jackson anchoring in 49.2. The previous 4-by-2 meet record was a hand-timed 1:30.2 set in 2008 by Springfield.
In those five events, Rowan scored 65 points — enough to win the team title. Utica finished second with 53 points. The team title is Rowan’s second ever and second in a row.
DMR: Kevin Veltre, Jackson, Eldershaw and John Meyer scored eight points with a third-place finish in the DMR in 10:07.27. Venter led off with a 3:06.1 split, with Jackson running 48.9, Eldershaw splitting 1:56.0 and Meyer anchoring in 4:16.4.
60-METER DASH: Hightower also placed sixth in the 60-meter dash in 7.07, not far off his season-best of 7.01.
400-METER DASH: In addition to his duty on the 4-by-4 and DMR, Jackson placed second in the open 400 in a season-best 49.32. His previous fastest time this year was a 49.90.
800-METER RUN: Eldershaw ran 1:56.42 in the open 800 for seventh place.
1,000-METER RUN: Veltre ran 2:23.60 for second place in the 1,000. He finished just 36-100ths behind winner Erik Winberg of Utica.
MILE RUN: Meyer ran 4:23.71 for eighth place.
3,000-METER RUN: Dan Henry was sixth in 9:13.48.
5,000-METER RUN: Zachary Helm finished seventh in 15:21.64.
TRIPLE JUMP: Escoffery placed third in 47-2 1/4, just three inches off his own school record. Zaire Weaver wasn’t far behind, seventh with a personal-best 46-0.