Sterling High graduate Francis Terry’s 46.29 anchor split led Rowan University’s 1,600-meter relay team to the fastest time in NCAA Division 3 Saturday at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
The Profs ran 3:11.99 in the college championship race and finished just two seconds behind winner Hampton.
Terry’s 46.29 was second-fastest in the college championship race, behind only Albany anchor Myles Banfield, who ran 46.08.
Rowan opened with a 3:13.05 in Friday’s heats, which was 13th-fastest of 63 schools and by far fastest among Division 3 entries.
The Profs missed advancing to the Championship of America race by about 1 1/2 seconds [3:11.61 qualified] but did advance to Saturday’s college championship race, where they mixed it up with eight Division 1 schools and finished under 3:12.
Senior Anthony Salemo from Ramsey High and freshman Justin Bishop from Mainland Regional ran the first two legs for Rowan before senior Jamil Jackson from Highland spun a 47.65 and sophomore Terry anchored.
Rowan’s previous fastest time this year was a 3:16.00 at the Widener Invitational, although the Profs 3:15.00 to place third at the NCAA indoor championships in Birmingham, Ala.
Rowan ran less than two seconds off the school record of 3:10.10 set in 1985. That team included two South Jersey natives — Tommy Adams of Deptford and Ron Moore of Overbrook. Keith Thomas and Willie Lawson were also on that team 33 years ago.