The Rowan men head to the NCAA Division 3 championships with a loaded roster and a chance at winning the program’s first national title in 33 years!
Under legendary coach Bill Fritz, the Profs won five straight national titles from 1980 through 1984 after placing second twice in a row in 1978 and 1979.
This year’s Rowan team is ranked No. 1 by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Here’s a look at where Rowan will try to score this weekend at the SPIRE Institute facility in Geneva, Ohio:
200-METER DASH (trials 3:45 p.m. Thursday, final 2:50 p.m. Saturday): West Deptford graduate Shai Mumford, a Rowan sophomore, shares the No. 8 seed at 21.32, but seeds three through 16 are separated by only 15-100ths of a second — from 21.23 to 21.38. Mumford is the only Prof entered in a flat race this weekend.
3,000-METER STEEPLECHASE (trials 4:30 p.m. Thursday, final 11:45 a.m. Saturday): Kevin Veltre, a junior out of Brick Memorial, is the No. 16 seed at 9:09.85, although the gap separating seeds 4 through 20 is only eight seconds.
110-METER HIGH HURDLES (trials 2:30 p.m. Friday, final 1 p.m. Saturday): A good chance for big points here. Junior David Benjamin of Freehold Township and senior Chase Tolliver out of Oakcrest are seeded third and sixth at 14.22 and 14.36.
400-METER INTERMEDIATE HURDLES (trials 3:15 p.m. Thursday, final 2:25 p.m. Saturday): Another huge scoring opportunity. Junior Anthony Salemo out of Ramsey ran 51.33 earlier this month to earn the No. 1 seed and sophomore Chris Mesiano out of Schalick is also a scoring threat as the No. 8 seed with a 52.89. Salemo was eighth last year.
HIGH JUMP (1:30 p.m. Friday): Rowan brings two of the top Division 3 high jumpers in the country to Geneva, juniors Jeffrey Jon Tucker of Eastern and Harrison Escoffery of Hackensack both with season bests of 6-10 1/2. So they share the No. 2 seed with two other jumpers. A real chance for huge points here. Tucker was fourth last year.
LONG JUMP (1:15 p.m. Thursday): Tucker is also No. 4 seed in the long jump at 24-10 and will be joined by senior teammate Justyce Pollyte from St. Augustine, who has gone 23-10 1/4. He was fifth last year.
TRIPLE JUMP (10:30 a.m. Saturday): Escoffery is the No. 14 seed at 48-1 1/4.
DISCUS (1 p.m. Thursday): Glenn Kohles, a senior from Toms River East, is No. 5 seed with a 170-1 earlier this year.
JAVELIN (5 p.m. Thursday): Sophomore Ryan Gebhardt out of Walkill Valley and Newfoundland, N.J., in Sussex County, threw 207-11 this year and is the No. 7 seed
400-METER RELAY (trials 2 p.m. Thursday, final 12:15 p.m. Saturday): The Profs are seeded fifth at 41.18 and will likely race with a lineup of Dior Hightower, Jonathan Ramirez, Mumford and Benjamin. The same four runners placed fourth last year in 40.92.
1,600-METER RELAY (trials 5:15 p.m. Thursday, final 4 p.m. Saturday): Senior Marquis Tabb (Pemberton), Ramirez, junior Jamil Jackson (Highland) and Salemo are seeded eighth with a 3:13.96.
Rowan also has a number of women headed to Geneva. For more information on the women headed to nationals, click here.
For a full listing of entrants in each event, click here.
For a history of NCAA Division 3 track, click here.