Rowan sophomore Myiah Sturdivant, a Timber Creek graduate, ran a personal-best 56.24 and won the 400-meter dash Thursday at the All-Atlantic Regional Championships at SUNY Cortland.
Sturdivant led an NJAC sweep of the top three spots, with two TCNJ runners — Samantha Gormon of Scotch Plains (57.03) and Megan Gasnick of Park Ridge (57.35) — placing second and third.
Sturdivant’s previous PR was a 56.30 when she won last year’s NJAC Championships at TCNJ in Ewing. She won two more NJAC 400 titles this past winter at Ocean Breeze and earlier this month at Stockton University.
That 56.24 ranks No. 13 this year in NCAA Division 3. Her previous-best time this spring was a 57.39 at the NJAC meet so that just came down by a full second and change.
Sturdivant also teamed with Sidney McLeod-Whitener, Aaniyah Robinson and Danielle Cross to win the 400-meter relay in a season-best 47.64, No. 13 in NCAA Division 3. She led off Rowan’s 1,600-meter relay team, which ran 3:52.46, No. 20 nationally.
Sturdivant’s high school PR was just 59.21. She never placed in a sectional meet in high school, so her improvement has been remarkable.
Allison Reuter of Clayton, a senior at Widener, won the hammer throw at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships with a throw of 168-4 at her home facility in Chester, Pa.
Reuter threw 168-4 on her final attempt and won by nearly seven feet over Taylor Run of King’s (Pa.) College in Wilkes-Barre, who threw 161-9. Reuter actually had the two-best throws of the competition with a 162-9 prior to her winning throw.
Reuter PR’d in March with a bomb of 175-2 at the Danny Curran Invite at West Chester’s Farrell Stadium, where she actually had three throws over 170 feet and won by more than 25 feet.
The conference title was Reuter’s third. She won the hammer throw last spring at 168-8 and the spring of 2017 at 148-5 and also won the weight throw this past winter at 53-9 1/4 at the indoor MAC meet at Lehigh’s Rauch Fieldhouse in Bethlehem in February.
Reuter ranks ninth in NCAA Division 3 with that 175-2. That broke her own school record of 173-6, which she set last year. Reuter is also fifth in school history in the discus at 128-4 back in 2017. It’s also a MAC record.
Reuter threw Monday night at the Swarthmore Last-Chance meet and threw 157-0 in cold, rainy conditions for second place.
At Clayton, Reuter was focused on the discus and javelin, since New Jersey high school track doesn’t have a hammer throw. She took second to Palmyra’s Tamara Carmichael in the 2015 state Group 1 meet in the discus with a throw of 123-10, which was her high school discus PR. She did win a sectional discus title as a junior back in 2014 with a throw of 101-2.
Reuter will compete at the All-Atlantic Region Track and Field Conference Championships at SUNY Cortland, which begins Wednesday.