Rowan’s Francis Terry is the fastest freshman in NCAA Division 1 in the 400-meter dash after a 49.96 opener in a meet at Lehigh’s Rauch Fieldhouse.
Terry, who ran scholastically at Sterling, is ranked fifth overall nationally. Direct Athletics converted his time to 49.18 because it was run on an under-sized track.
Terry edged teammate Anthony Salemo, an intermediate hurdles All-America, for the win. Salemo ran 50.92.
Terry set his 400 PR of 49.37 when he was second to Luke Colehower at the 2016 Camden County meet at Haddon Township.
His indoor 400 PR of 49.72 came when he was fifth at Easterns as a senior.
Terry ran last spring for Neumann College in Aston, Pa., where he won the 200-meter dash at the Colonial State Athletic Conference championships at Gwynedd-Mercy College in 22.35 after a PR 22.01 in the trials.
He didn’t run indoor track for Neumann, so he carries freshman eligibility this winter at Rowan.
Terry also ran the second leg on Rowan’s 1,600-meter relay team, which placed first in 3:24.67 – No. 8 nationally. Salemo, Chris Mesiano from Schalick and Hunter Barbieri from Egg Harbor also ran.