South Jersey natives Madison Hart, Sha’Lynn Clarke, Emily Rooney record season-opening wins for Rowan at Diplomat Open!!!!!

Junior Madison Hart of Burlington, freshman Sha’Lynn Clarke of Glassboro and freshman Emily Rooney of Cinnaminson each scored wins for the Rowan women’s track team Saturday at the season-opening Diplomat Open.

Hart, who graduate from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, won the 400, Clarke the 800 and Rooney the 1,000 at Franklin & Marsyall’s Schnader Fieldhouse in Lancaster, Pa.

Hart won the 400-meter dash in 1:02.37 over Millersville freshman Lyric Williams, who was second in 1:03.04. Hart was Mid-Atlantic Conference runner-up last winter with an indoor-PR 59.87 at Widener as a freshman at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa., outside Scranton. She has an outdoor PR of 58.73 from the outdoor Mid-Atlantic meet at Lehigh’s Rauch Fieldhouse.

In her collegiate debut and also her first lifetime indoor race, Clarke won the 800 in a near-PR 2:24.68 by nearly two seconds over Franklin & Marshall freshman Sydney Dzenutis, who ran 2:26.96. Clarke has a PR of 2:24.27 from Group 1 sectionals last spring.

Rooney won the 1,000-meter run in 3:16.54 by nearly two seconds over Lebanon Valley sophomore Julia Resele. It was her first college race and also her first lifetime attempt at the 1,000-meter distance.

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