Rowan senior Kevin Veltre made the trip to Boston to try to get a fast 3,000 time and qualify for NCAAs, and was the trip ever worth it.
Veltre shattered his own Rowan 3,000-meter run record by 10 seconds and recorded the third-fastest time in NCAA Division 3 this year when he placed fifth in a field of Division 1 and post-grad runners in 8:15.29 at the Boston University Last-Chance Qualifier at the B.U. Track and Tennis Center.
That broke the school record and his own PR of 8:25.84, which he ran earlier this month in a meet at Ithaca. Veltre, from Brick Memorial, had never previously run a flat 3,000 as a collegian. And according to the Mile Split database, he never ran a 3,000 in high school, either.
Before Veltre ran 8:25.84, the Rowan school record was 8:30.74, set in 1981 by Greg Rapp. So he’s dropped it nearly 16 seconds.
The top four 3,000 runners in the country going into NCAAs are all between 8:12.42 and 8:15.96. Will McDermott of Widener out of Monsignor Bonner is No. 1, Jeffrey Dover of Christopher Newport in Virginia is No. 2 at 8:14.83, Veltre is No. 3 and Dylan Gearinger of Haverford via Berwick Area High near Wilkes-Barre is No. 4.
Rowan is ranked No. 4 going into the NCAA indoor track championships, which are scheduled for March 9-10 in Birmingham, Ala., at the Birmingham Crossplex. The 3,000 is the last individual event of the meet, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. that Saturday afternoon.
Veltre also set the Rowan mile record earlier this year with a 4:12.30 at the New Jersey Athletic Conferene meet at Ocean Breeze.