The Central Athletic Collegiate Conference men’s track championships came down to one event, and two Gloucester County natives led the way with huge performances.
With only the triple jump remaining in the CACC meet at Georgian Court in Lakewood Sunday, Bloomfield University led Georgian Court by three points, 184 ½-181 ½.
The team title was on the line, and both schools had their triple jumpers come up big.
Georgian Court sophomore Devin Martin, a Williamstown native and graduate of Holy Spirit, won the event with a personal-best and school-record 45-9 for 10 big points, and sophomore teammate DeShawn Lamar-Baldwin, a Bridgeton graduate, also scored, taking seventh at 42-11 on his only legal jump of the competition.
But Bloomfield got the points it needed to win the team title when freshman Ja’haud Lowber, a Deptford graduate, jumped an outdoor-PR 45-3 1/2 on his final attempt to move up from sixth to second.
Those six points delivered the team title to Bloomfield, 196 ½-192 ½.
Georgian Court sophomore Kennedy Omari from Cherry Hill East placed eighth, giving South Jersey four of the top spots in the event!
Martin’s previous PR was a 44-2 ¼ set indoors this past winter at a meet at Lehigh. Lowber’s PR is 45-10 ¾ from a meet at Ramapo in March.
Martin broke the school outdoor record of 44-4 ½, set last year by Lamar-Baldwin at a meet at The College of New Jersey. His previous outdoor PR was 44-1 ¾. Omari is the school record indoors at 44-3 ½ from a meet this past winter at the Ocean Breeze facility.
There were a bunch of remarkable performances by South Jersey athletes in this meet and we’ll write about a bunch of them in the next few days!