Rowan’s all-South Jersey 800-meter relay team is already fastest in the country in NCAA Division 3, and that speedy quartet showed why this weekend.
At the All-Atlantic Regional Track Championships at Ithaca, Rowan broke the meet and facility records, winning easily in 1:28.99.
Freshman Dayquan Murray from Hammonton, freshman Spencer Jarrett from Salem, sophomore Tyler Garland from Glassboro and senior Shai Mumford from West Deptford beat conference-rival SUNY Farmingdale, which ran 1:30.33, by more than two seconds.
What’s cool is that none of those four sprinters broke 23 seconds indoors for 200 meters in high school!
The previous meet record was RIT’s 1:30.57 last year. The previous facility record was Rowan’s 1:29.57 with Kingsway’s Steve Jones, Jonathan Ramirez of Memorial of West New York, Garland and Mumford at the Bomber Invitational.
Rowan already ranks No. 1 in the country with its school-record 1:27.69 from the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships at Ocean Breeze on Feb. 18. No other Division 3 school is even close. SUNY Farmingdale is No. 2 nationally at 1:29.50, which it ran chasing Rowan at the NJAC meet.
So Rowan now has the two-fastest times in the country this year.
There is no 4-by-200 at NCAA’s so Rowan’s next venture in the 800-meter relay will come this spring. Rowan’s outdoor record is 1:25.2, set in 1985 when the school was known as Glassboro State by the quartet of Rich Forbes, Keith Thomas, Ronald Moore and Willie Lawson.
The 800-meter relay is not contested at a lot of meets during the indoor season, but Rowan does rank No. 4 on the 2019 U.S. list with its 1:27.69 and ranks No. 21 on the 2019 world list, according to the IAAF web site. To qualify for the U.S. list, all four runners must be American. To qualify for the world list, all four must be from the same country.
In Rowan’s case, all four runners are from South Jersey