Rowan University’s men’s track team finished third at the NCAA Division 3 indoor championships this weekend, just four points out of first place.
Rowan scored 37 points and both the point total and the third place are the best in school history at the NCAA Division 3 indoor championships.
Rowan’s best previous finish at indoor nationals was a fourth in the 1999 meet.
Mount Union of Alliance, Ohio, scored 41 and North Central of Illinois was second with 40 points. Rowan was the only other school to surpass 30 points.
The Profs left Birmingham, Ala., with eight All-America selections. Terry, Bishop and Neville earned All-America status in two events.
The Profs scored 14 points in the high jump, where senior co-captains Harrison Escoffery of Hackensack and Jeffrey Jon Tucker of Eastern went 2-3 at 6-11 3/4 and 6-10 3/4.
Senior Bobby Cooks from McArthur High School in Pembroke Pines, Fla., scored eight points with a second-place finish in the 60-meter high hurdles in 8.04, and freshman Francis Terry of Sterling added four points with a fifth-place finish in the 400 in 48.40.
Rowan’s 11 other points came in two relays, and the Profs broke school records in both.
The team of junior Chris Mesiano of Schalick [49.6], freshman Justin Bishop of Mainland Regional [48.6], sophomore Nick Neville of South Brunswick [49.3] and Terry [47.5] ran 3:15.00 for fourth in the 1,600-meter relay, and senior Nick Nocco of Southern Regional, Bishop, Neville and senior Kevin Veltre of Brick Memorial took fourth in the distance medley in 9:58.49.
The former 4-by-4 record was 3:15.80, set in 1999 by the team of Julius Kinsler, Greg Arnett, Keith Kreiger and Rich Dixon. The previous DMR was a 9:58.72 set last week by the same quartet in a meet at Ithaca, N.Y. Before that it was a 10:03.46 set two years ago by Pat McCurry, Neville, Brandon Eldershaw and Walter Victor.