The Rowan women, seeded seventh going into the final, ran 46.85 and placed fifth in the 400-meter relay Saturday at the NCAA Division 3 Track Championships outside Cleveland.
The top-eight finish earns All-America honors for the four Rowan sprinters, including Timber Creek graduate Myiah Sturdivant, a sophomore who anchored the Rowan relay team after carries by sophomore Sidney McLeod-Whitener of Friends Central in Philly, junior Aaniyah Robinson of Passaic County Tech and junior Darielle Cross of Matawan.
Rowan finished behind only Loras (46.30), Rhode Island College (46.33), Emory (46.37) and George Fox (46.61) and just missed the school record of 46.56 set by the 2016 team that also included McMillan and placed third at nationals in Indianapolis.
Rowan was only seeded 14th going into nationals with its 47.64 from the All-Atlantic Championships in Cortland, N.Y., earlier this month. But the Profs 47.22 in the trials setting up
This is the seventh time Rowan has earned All-America honors in the 400-meter relay at NCAA D-3 nationals and fourth in the last seven years.
Here’s a look at all seven with their high school (other than Nasirah Mitchell, whose high school I can’t locate):
1991: 3rd, 48.13 – Marketa Morse [Newark West Side], Rona Henderson [Freehold Boro], Euridee McCormick [Paulsboro], Karen Corsey [Deptford]
1992: 3rd, 47.65 – Nasirah Mitchell, Rona Henderson [Freehold Boro], Marketa Morse [Newark West Side], Karen Corsey [Deptford]
1994: 6th, 48.91 – Marketa Morse [Newark West-Side], Rona Henderson [Freehold Boro], Marcia Baker [Newark West Side], Karen Corsey [Deptford]
2013: 4th, 46.99 – Shailah Williams [Pemberton], Jamie Thompson [South Brunswick], Shantel Beckford [Piscataway], Brianna Crofton [Delsea].
2016: 3rd, 46.56 – Shailah Williams [Pemberton], Aspen McMillan [South Brunswick], Ebonique Jones [William Penn], Lexxus Matos [Camden Catholic]
2018: 7th, 47.28 – Aaniyah Robinson [Passaic County Tech], Aspen McMillan [South Brunswick], Sidney McLeod-Whitener [Friends Central], Darielle Cross [Matawan]
2019: 5th, 46.85 – Sidney McLeod-Whitener [Friends Central], Aaniyah Robinson [Passaic County Tech], Darielle Cross [Matawan], Myiah Sturdivant [Timber Creek]