Rowan junior Anthony Salemo mixed it up with a bunch of NCAA Division 1 runners and wound up seventh overall in the college championship 400-meter intermediate hurdles at the Penn Relays Saturday.
Salemo, who led Ramsey to the 2014 North Jersey Section 1 Group 2 title and third in the state meet, ran 52.29, breaking his PR of 52.71, which he actually ran twice — at the New Jersey Athletic Conference meet at Stockton last May and again this April at a meet in Baltimore.
Salemo now ranks No. 2 in NCAA Division 1, behind only Pete Girardi of St. John Fischer in Pittsford, N.Y., who was second at NCAAs last year in 50.88 as a sophomore.
Last spring, Salemo earned All-America honors with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Division 3 meet.
At Ramsey, Salemo’s 400IH PR was a 54.45 at the 2014 Group 2 state meet. He’s gradually lowered that all three years in Glamssboro – 53.77 in 2015, 52.71 last year and 52.29 this year.
Rowan’s school record in the intermediates is 51.25, set at the 2012 NCAA meet in Claremont, Calif., by Absegami graduate Demetrius Rooks. Salemo’s time is No. 3 in Rowan history behind Rooks and a 51.65 set by Penns Grove graduate William Cruz in 1997 when he won the NCAA Division 3 title. Rowan’s only other 400IH national champ was Overbook grad Stanley Moore in 1983 with a 52.39
Another South Jersey athlete ran well in the same section as Salemo. Willingboro graduate Tyler Davidson, now a freshman at Bloomfield, placed 11th overall in 52.78, a personal-best as well. His previous PR was a 52.96 at New Balance Nationals last year.