Promise Fadahunsi is the top freshman woman long jumper in NCAA Division 3. She competes for Rowan.
Oluwapelumi Adesina is the No. 2-ranked freshman woman long jumper in NCAA Division 3. She competes for Rowan.
The Profs have three of the top 17 long jumpers in the country so far, according to the Direct Athletics database, and Fadahunsi and Adesina are ranked No. 6 and 11 overall and No. 1 and 2 among athletes carrying a freshman designation indoors.
Junior Michelle McCauley, ranked 17th overall, gives Rowan three underclassmen at 17-6 or better just a few weeks into the season.
Fadahunsi, a graduate of Monroe Township High in Jamesburg, and Adesina, who competed scholastically at Rahway, are the only Division 3 freshmen who have jumped 17-9 or better.
Fadahunsi surpassed the 18-foot barrier at the Lehigh Fast Times Before Finals meet at Rauch Fieldhouse in Bethlehem, jumping 18-1 on her second attempt in the trials.
Adesina reached 17-9 1/2 when she placed third at the Lehigh Season Opener, also at Rauch Fieldhouse. She and Fadahunsi actually both went 17-9 1/2 on their second attempt of the finals, with Fadahunsi getting second based on a superior second-best jump.
Asia Young of Rider via Holy Spirit won the event with a 19-3 1/2, five inches off her Rider indoor school record set last year.
McCauley, a Franklin grad, was second in the Fast Times meet with a 17-6 1/2 on her third attempt of the trials.
Two more Rowan long jumpers, sophomores Angel Rowe out off Passaic County Tech and Kari DiTonno from Livingston, are closing in on the 17-foot mark. Rowe has jumped 16-10 and DiTonno 16-8 3/4.
The whole group is chasing the indoor school record of 18-1 3/4, set three years ago by Jamie Thompson at the NJAC meet at the Armory.
Fadahunsi’s high school PR was 19-1 1/2, good for third place this past spring in the Meet of Champions. She also ran as fast as 11.93 in the 100, so look for her to do some sprinting this spring as well.
Adesina’s PR in high school was only 16-6, so she’s already shown some remarkable improvement. That 16-6 came indoors when she placed 10th at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic two years ago this week at the Armory in New York.