Rowan men win fifth straight NJAC title behind huge array of S.J. runners, jumpers and throwers!!!!!

Unlike the Rowan women, the Rowan men were in a position this weekend where they didn’t have to double or triple (or in some cases quad) their athletes to win a close team title.

For the Rowan men, most athletes competed in only one event, and the ones who did double did it in less strenuous events.

Even with just six athletes scoring in two events — and none in three — Rowan easily won its fifth straight title after The College of New Jersey had won 17 in a row. Rowan previously won titles in 1984 through 1992 as Glassboro State and also from 1994 through 1997.

Rowan dominated the sprints and hurdles, outscoring Stockton 95-5 in the 100, 200, 400, highs and intermediates.

Here’s a look at Rowan’s top point scorers over two days at Stockton University’s Larry James Stadium in Galloway Township.

JOHN OWENS, SOPH., WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO NORTH: Placed third in the 400 intermediates (55.18), not far off his 55.07 PR, and took second in the long jump at 22-4 1/2, for 14. big points.

TYLER GARLAND, SOPH., GLASSBORO: Garland won the high hurdles in 14.37, not far off his wind-aided PR of 14.30, and also took sixth in the intermediates in 56.93 and also led off Rowan’s winning 400-meter relay team, which ran 42.01.

DAYQUAN MURRAY, FRESHMAN, HAMMONTON: Murray placed second in the 200 in 22.49 and fifth in the 100 in 11.27 and ran the third leg on Rowan’s 400-meter relay team.

EARNEST DANIEL, SOPH., KINGSWAY: Daniel cleared 6-2 for second in the high jump and jumped 42-6 3/4 for fifth in the triple jump.

ZAIRE WEAVER, SOPH., PASSAIC COUNTY TECH: Weaver placed in both horizontal jumps, with 42-11 3/4 for third and 21-9 1/2 for sixth.

FRANKIE RICHARD, SOPH., NORTHERN HIGHLANDS: Richard also placed in both horizontals, with 42-10 3/4 for fourth and 21-11 1/2 for fifth.

CHRIS MESIANO, SOPH., SCHALICK: Mesiano, No. 4 nationally in Division 3 at 52.96, won the intermediates in 54.91 and anchored the winning 1,600-meter relay team.

MATT RUSSO, JUNIOR, WESTFIELD: Russo only entered one event and won the steeplechase by more than a minute with a 9:31.30, less than two seconds off his PR.

RAKIM COYLE, FRESHMAN, WILDWOOD CATHOLIC: Coyle won the long jump and smashed his PR with a 23-6, No. 17 in the nation.

DAN MCALEAVEY, SOPH., HOWELL: McAleavey missed his PR by one inch but won the javelin competition with a 199-5. He’s thrown 199-5 or better in three meets, so 200 feet is just a matter of time.

CAM DALEY, SENIOR, CANTON, CT.: Won the decathlon by more than 500 points. Daley posted the No. or No. 2 marks in nine of 10 events, all but the closing 1,500, which he knew he could jog while still easily winning. Daley’s marks: 12.14 for 100, 18-10 1/2 in the long jump, 35-6 3/4 in the shot, 5-8 3/4 in the high jump, 53.86 in the 400, 17.81 high hurdles, 103-1 in the discus, 11-7 3/4 in the pole vault, 150-3 in the javelin and 5:30.70 in the 1,500.

JULIAN PRATT, JUNIOR, CAMDEN: Pratt ran 10.91 to win the 100 and ran the second leg on the winning 4-by-100.

SHAI MUMFORD, SENIOR, WEST DEPTFORD: Led Murray on a 1-2 finish, crossing the line 1-100th of a second in front of his teammate, and also anchored the 4-by-1.

JUSTIN BISHOP, SOPHOMORE, MAINLAND REG.: Bishop led a 1-2-3 400 finish in 49.31 and ran the third leg on the winning 4-by-4.

Rowan got contributions from a bunch of others, including freshman Airrion Scott from Ewing (second in 400, 49.72, leadoff on 4-by-4), sophomore Vincent Delle of Old. Ridge (50.22, third in 400, second leg on 4-by-4), senior Andrew Fitch Henry of Clearview (3:59.38, second in 1,500), freshman Kevin Lauer of Lenape (third in 1,500, 3:59.88), freshman Cyril Harvey from Old Bridge (second in 5,000, 15:20.43), freshman Cheo King of Woodbury (third in long jump) and freshman Julio Lebron of Memorial West New York (third in javelin).

Rowan goes to Swarthmore for a last-chance qualifier Monday and then competes in the All-Atlantic Championships at SUNY Cortland in Cortland, N.Y., next Wednesday and Thursday as a final warm-up for NCAA Division 3 nationals later this month in Geneva, Ohio.

Rowan is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division 3 Atlantic Region behind Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Hartford, Conn., by the USTFCCCA and No. 13 nationally.


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