Rowan sophomore Tyler Garland from Deptford is off to a hot start this spring and is the top-ranked high hurdler in NCAA Division 3 two weeks into the season.
Garland opened his season with a PR 14.31 with a legal wind (1.0) at the Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando. He placed third behind two Division 1 runners, including Isaiah Moore of South Carolina, who won in 13.67.
This past weekend, Garland ran slightly faster, although his 14.30 was slightly wind-aided at 2.5 meters per second. He won the highs at the Central Florida Knights Invitational in Orlando.
In the early going, Garland leads Division 3 by a sizable margin ahead of Connor Troyer of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, who has run 14.48.
Garland is also No. 5 nationally in Division 3 in the 400 intermediates with a PR 54.09 this past weekend in Orlando. He ran the same time as teammate Chris Mesiano, who was credited with the win. Garland had run 54.20 the previous week.
Garland’s previous 400IH PR was a 55.35 at the 2016 Tri-County Championships at Delsea, when he placed second to Jason Stefanski of Penns Grove, a former Rowan hurdler.
Garland is in his first year of outdoor competition for Rowan after spending his freshman year attending Rowan College Gloucester County.
It appears that these two races are Garland’s first over the 110-meter highs since JUCO nationals in May of 2017, when he placed sixth in the 110’s in 16.39 after a 16.09 in the trials. His JUCO PRs were 15.15 and 58.50.
Garland had a high school high hurdles PR of 14.40, so he’s now run faster over the 42-inch barriers than he did in high school over the 39-inch hurdles.
At Orlando, Garland also ran the second leg on Rowan’s 400-meter relay team, which placed fifth in 41.27 and No. 1 in Division 3.
That all-South Jersey quartet also included Camden’s Julian Pratt, Hammonton’s Dayquan Murray and West Deptford’s Shai Mumford.
Pratt also ran 10.80 in the 100 (No. 6 nationally in Division 3), and Mumford ran 21.82 in the 200, No. 4 nationally.