Pitman graduate Alyssa Sanders and Glassboro’s Sha’Lynn Clarke finished 2nd and 6th to help the Rowan women win a wild three-team battle at the NJAC XC Championships Saturday morning.
Six of Rowan’s seven runners are natives of Burlington or Gloucester County.
Sanders, a junior, ran 22:40 on the 6,000-meter course at Stockton University in Galloway Township, and Clarke, a freshman, ran 23:30.
Rowan edged Ramapo 42-47, with The College of New Jersey third with 47 points on a sixth-runner tiebreaker.
This was Rowan’s first team title since 2012 and only their sixth ever. They won as Glassboro State in 1992, as Rowan in 1993 and 1994 and then again in 2011 and 2012.
TCNJ had won 20 of the previous 23 team titles, including the last two.
Rowan junior Dianne Ferraro from South Plainfield High was the overall winner, crossing the line in 22:31. She’s Rowan’s first individual winner since Hammonton graduate Christin Bettis in 2014 and the only member of Rowan’s top 7 not from Southg Jersey.
Junior Lyndsay Boyd from Pitman placed 16th and sophomore Madison Edwards from Cinnaminson 17th locking up the team title for the Profs.
Sophomore Carley Tool from Seneca and freshman Emily Rooney of Cinnaminson backed up Rowan’s first five in 22nd and 27th.
For fourth-place Stockton, Sterling graduate Jessie Klenk placed 15th.