How on Earth did Rowan score 252 points at the NJAC championships? We’ve got the answer!

The Rowan men doubled up second-place Stockton in winning their fourth straight New Jersey Athletic Conference indoor championship on Monday afternoon.

The Profs outscored Stockton 252-118. There are 18 events, so Rowan averaged 14 points per event.

What’s remarkable about all this is that Rowan didn’t use a single athlete in more than one individual track event!

Rowan scored at least eight points in 17 of 18 events – the Profs failed to score only in the pole vault — and they scored the most points in the high jump (25 points) and 400 (22).

Let’s take a look at how 252 points is possible! Remember, the NJAC uses a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system!

60-METER DASH [15 points]

Julian Pratt (sophomore, Camden) placed second in 7.05, and Steven Jones (senior, Kingsway), Jonathan Ramirez (senior, Memorial West New York) and Shai Mumford (junior, West Deptford) ran fifth, seventh and eighth with times of 7.19, 7.25 and 7.31.

200-METER DASH [17 points]

Mumford placed second in 22.12, with Anthony Salemo (junior, Ramsey) fifth in 22.66, Jonathan Ramirez sixth in 22.73 and Jones seventh in 22.76

400-METER DASH [22 points]

Francis Terry (freshman, Sterling) won in 47.99, a huge PR (read about his race here), with Chris Mesiano (junior, Schalick) [49.61], Justin Bishop (freshman, Mainland Regional) [50.28] and Jamil Jackson (senior, Highland) [50.38] placing fourth through sixth.

800-METER DASH [12 points]

Nick Neville (sophomore, South Brunswick) destroyed the school record (read about his race here) with a PR 1:52.63 for second place and Martin Maldonado (sophomore, Egg Harbor Township) finished fifth in 1:55.56.

MILE [9 points]

Kevin Veltre (senior, Brick Memorial) ran a big PR of 4:12.30 for second place (read about his race here) and Nick Nocco (senior, Southern Regional) broke 4:20 for eighth place in 4:19.83

3,000-METER RUN [16 points]

Dan “Fitch” Henry (junior, Clearview) won in 8:48.27 and Dylan Tyrrell (sophomore, St. Joe-Metuchen) placed third in 9:01.25.

5,000-METER RUN [14 points]

Matt Russo (sophomore, Westfield) and Jason Muermann (freshman, Pitman) placed second and third in 15:29.63 and 15:36.65.

60-METER HURDLES [16 points]

Bobby Cooks (senior, McArthur), the No. 2-ranked hurdler in Division 3, won in 8.04 after an 8.11 in the trials. Tyler Garland (freshman, Deptford) ran 8.28 in the trials and 8.58 in the finals but still placed third.

800-METER RELAY [10 points]

Garland, Ramirez, Jones and Mumford broke the school record and the meet record, winning in 1:28.27.

1,600-METER RELAY [10 points]

Mesiano, Bishop, Jackson and Terry ran 3:17.04 for the win.

3,200-METER RELAY [10 points]

Veltre, Maldonado, Nocco and Neville clocked 7:55.97 to beat the field.


Michael Onu (freshman, Cherry Hill East) led off, followed by Hunter Barbieri (freshman, Egg Harbor), Mitchell Baron (freshman, Hillsborough) and Jacob Francobandiero (freshman, Metuchen), and the Profs won the DMR with an all-freshman lineup in 10:39.96.

HIGH JUMP [25 points]

Harrison Escoffery (senior, Hackensack) won with a 6-8 1/4 clearance, with Jason Thobourne (freshman, Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology) [6-6], Earnest Daniel (freshman, Kingsway) [6-6] and Jeffrey Jon Tucker (senior, Eastern) [6-3 1/4] sweeping third through fifth.

LONG JUMP [17 points]

Tucker soared 23-1 1/2 for second, with Frankie Richard (freshman, Northern Highlands) [22-3] and Thobourne [21-5 1/2] fourth and fifth.

TRIPLE JUMP [17 points]

Escoffery jumped 48-2 for second, with Daniel taking fourth with a 45-6 3/4 leap and Richard fifth at 43-6.

SHOT PUT [17 points]

Senior Jacory Williams (senior, Highland) threw 45-11 for second, Dijon Goodall (junior, Sterling) was fourth at 45-6 1/4, Tariq Hills (freshman, Rancocas Valley) placed sixth with a 43-11 throw and William Cardona (senior, Livingston) added a point with an eight-place finish at 43-8 1/4.

WEIGHT THROW [15 points]

Cardona threw 50-7 3/4 to place second, and Williams and Goodall placed fifth and sixth with throws of 44-2 1/2 and 42-6 1/4.


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