Moravian freshman Zion Howard, a Moorestown graduate, earned All-America honors this week with a breakthrough fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Division 3 Championships in La Crosse, Wisc.
Howard arrived at nationals with a PR of 21.52 from a meet at Muhlenberg College in Allentown in April but after a 21.79 in the trials into a 5 meters-per-second wind he ran 21.42 in the final, finishing only 8-100ths of a second out of second place.
Howard was the 20th and final qualifier for the 200 with his 21.79.
Howard finished the year as the No. 2 freshman in the country, behind only national champ Rodrick Miller of Wisconsin-Platteville, who had a 21.06 and won the national title in 21.17.
“All year long Zion has stepped up to his competition, it didn’t matter the meet or stage he was on, he was never intimidated by the moment and clearly that was the case this weekend,” Moravian coach Jesse Baumann said on the Moravian web site.
“Assistant Coaches Steve Rahn and Sarah Werner did a great job preparing him for this moment and knowing when he needed rest like this past week or needed a push.
“He was ready to perform when the moment was there, so I give credit to all three. You can’t ask for a better way to end an amazing freshman campaign and this is only the beginning for him.”
Howard, a wide receiver on Moravian’s football team, ran in the shadow of Brandon Outlaw at Moorestown. Outlaw ran 46.82 for 400 meters at Moorestown and recently finished his freshman year at Virginia, where he had a 47.18 to medal in the ACC meet.