The Rowan men jumped in a fast 1,600 at Penn loaded with Division 1 schools and emerged with one of the fastest times in NCAA Division 3 this year.
The Profs ran 3:16.26, No. 13 in Division 3, after racing Maryland, South Carolina, U. Conn and other Division 1 schools in the heats of the 1,600 relay at Franklin Field Saturday at the 125th annual Penn Relays.
Sophomore Vincent Delle (Old Bridge) and senior Chris Mesiano (Schalick) ran the first two legs, setting up sub-49 legs by freshman Airrion Scott of Ewing, who ran 48.95, and sophomore Justin Bishop, a one-time South Jersey Group 3 400 champ for the Mainland Regional Mustangs, who anchored in 47.34.
Of that quartet, only Bishop and Mesiano remain from the group that ran 3:11 and placed fifth at NCAA Division nationals last spring.
Rowan’s fastest previous 4-by-4 this year was a 3:17.87 earlier this month in a meet at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Rowan goes into this weekend’s New Jersey Athletic Conference meet at Stockton with the top time in the conference by more than six seconds.