Rowan’s deep stable of sprinters took advantage of some decent conditions Saturday and dominated the 100-meter dash at the Oscar Moore Invitational on campus in Glassboro.
In the final, senior Dior Hightower ran 10.74, sophomore Steven Jones 10.76 and sophomore Shai Mumford 10.77 to sweep the top three spots. Another Prof, senior Justyce Pollitt, ran 10.89 for sixth.
Rowan is now the only NCAA Division 3 school with three sprinters under 10.80 fully automatic.
Hightower actually ran 10.62 in the trials. All the performances were wind-aided. Hightower’s 10.62 was assisted by a considerable 4.1 meters-per-second wind, but the final was only slightly aided at 2.3 meters per second. Anything over 2.0 meters per second is considered wind-aided. The Division 3 performance list does not differentiate between wind-aided and wind-legal performances.
For unknown reasons, the 2017 NCAA Division 3 performance list does not list Hightower’s 10.62, although it does list other wind-aided performances. In any case, Hightower, Jones and Mumford should be ranked fifth, 12th and 14th in NCAA Division 3 so far this year.
All four are South Jersey natives and of the four, only one broke 11.00 in high school. This is the beauty of the Rowan track team. You don’t need to be a high school star to flourish in this program.
Cameron Dobbins of Rutgers-Camden via Williamstown High School ran 10.77 in the final, splitting Jones and Mumford, and sharing the No. 14 spot with Mumford. So four of the top 15 times in Division 3 this year came from the same race at the Oscar Moore Invite.
Dobbins has a PR of 10.70 from a meet last year at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.
Rowan’s school record in the 100 is 10.67 by Ed Fortune back in 2002, and presumably only wind-legal marks are considered for record purposes at Rowan, so Hightower will not get credit for that at the moment.
Hightower’s previous PR was a 10.96 from the trials of the Morgan State Legacy meet last April in Baltimore. At Paul VI, his best time was an 11.55 from the prelims of the 2013 Olympic Conference meet at Washington Township.
Jones’ previous PR was a 10.95 in the trials of a meet a couple weeks ago at Widener University in Chester, Pa. His PR was a modest 11.24 during his career at Kingsway, from third place at the 2013 Tri-County Conference meet at Delsea.
Mumford’s previous PR was 10.78 from when he won the South Jersey Group 3 sectionals as a senior at West Deptford.
Pollitt has a PR of 10.82 dating back to the 2015 New Jersey Athletic Conference meet. His best at St. Augustine High School was 11.10 for fifth at the 2013 Cape Atlantic meet.
Needless to say, Rowan seems primed to put together a killer 400-meter relay. Rowan hasn’t loaded up a 4-by-1 yet this year. The school record is a 40.82 from 2002 with Fortune, Matt Davis, Jorge Santiago and Tyree Jackson.
The Profs’ best so far this year is a 42.00 on Saturday with only two of its top four 100 guys – Jonathan Ramirez and Dave Benjamin joined Mumford and Hightower.