Rowan junior Darielle Cross ran the No. 1 time this year in NCAA Division 3 in the 100-meter hurdles in the trials of the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships at Stockton University in Galloway.
Cross’s 14.03 time was wind-legal, with a 1.1 meters-per-second breeze at her back. She ran in lane three in the third of three heats, advancing to the final at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Cross broke the Rowan school record of 14.12 set 25 years ago by Rona Henderson when the school was known as Glassboro State.
She also broke the meet record of 14.17 set in 2010 by Priscilla Senyah.
Cross lowered her PR from 14.39, which she ran in the finals at the NCAA Division 3 nationals in La Cross, Wisc., last year, when she placed eighth and earned All-America honors. Her previous season-best time was a 14.50, which she ran last month in a meet at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.
Cross, senior teammate Aspen McMillan of South Brunswick, who ran 14.56, and freshman Ashley Edwards of Sayreville, who ran 15.03, gave Rowan the three-fastest qualifiers.
Curiously, Senyah, the former meet record holder, is also a graduate of Sayreville High.
Cross also ran a personal-best 12.41 in the 100 and advanced to the final as the fifth-fastest qualifier. Her previous career-best was a 12.43 at last year’s NJAC meet.
McMillan is a four-time conference hurdles champ and NCAA runner-up indoors. She has a PR of 14.28 from the 2016 conference meet at Stockton. Her best time this year is 14.42.
Edwards only ran the 100 highs twice previously as a collegian with a college-best time of 15.82 in a meet in March in San Diego. Her PR was a 15.70 last spring as a senior at Sayreville in a meet at JFK Iselin. Either way, huge breakthrough race for her.
Edwards also placed second in the long jump with a 17-11 1/2 jump on her first attempt.