This was quite a tune-up for nationals for the Rowan Profs.
Even without using some of their top people in their speciality events and limiting others to just one event or a relay leg, the Rowan men won the 15th annual All-Atlantic Region Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at Ithaca University.
Rowan scored 120 ½ points, beating SUNY Geneseo and Utica, who tied for second, by more than 70 points. Geneseo and Utica scored 49, followed by Ithaca (44), Brokport (43) and RIT (40).
Rowan scored 27 ½ points in the high jump, 16 in the 400 and high hurdles, 14 in the 200, 10 in the 4-by-4, nine in the triple jump, eight in the DMR, seven in the 60, five each in the 3,000 and long jump and three in the 800.
Rowan, ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division 3, competes in the NCAA Division 3 championships starting Friday in Naperville, Ill.
Let’s take a look at exactly how Rowan won its first title ever in the AARTFC championships:
60: Sophomore Julian Pratt placed fourth with a personal-best 7.04 and senior Steve Jones ran seventh in 7.14
200: Junior Shai Mumford won in 22.03, finishing a half stride ahead of Eli Saucier of Hamilton and Dan Harden-Marshall of Ithaca, who both ran 22.08. Jones was sixth in 22.52.
400: Francis Terry, the freshman from Sterling, won easily in 49.35, and junior teammate Chris Mesiano was third in 50.37.
800: With Rowan’s top two half-milers on DMR duty, sophomore Martin Maldonado placed sixth in 1:59.28.
3,000: Sophomore Matt Russo placed fourth in 8:44.57, lowering his personal best from 8:48.15.
60 HURDLES: Senior Bobby Cooks ran 8.01 in both the trials and the final, winning by a whopping 23-100ths of a second. That’s about two meters ahead of the field. Freshman Tyler Garland was fifth into the finals at 8.38 but ran 8.30 for third.
4-BY-4: Rowan won by nearly a second and a half over second-place Geneseo. Mesiano led off in 50.26 and was followed by three freshmen – Justin Bishop split 49.53, Hunter Barbieri 50.21 and anchor Francis Terry from Sterling 48.42. That’s a season-best 3:18.40 with a junior and three freshmen.
DMR: As we wrote about earlier, Rowan broke the school record, with senior Nick Nocco, Terry, sophomore Nick Neville and senior Kevin Veltre running 9:58.72 for second to Geneseo.
HIGH JUMP: Seniors Jeffrey Jon Tucker and Harrison Escoffery went 1-2 at 6-9 ¾ and 6-8 and freshman teammates Jason Thobourne and Earnest Daniel cleared 6-4 for third and fifth. That’s a season-best for Tucker.
LONG JUMP: Tucker jumped 22-3 ¾ for fifth place.
TRIPLE JUMP: Escoffery and Daniel took fourth and fifth with 46-2 ½ and 45-8 ½.