Julian Pratt never broke 11 seconds for 100 meters or 23 seconds for 200 meters in high school, but on Monday afternoon he broke the Rowan school record for the 60-meter dash.
His own record.
Pratt lowered the Rowan 60 record from 6.93 to 6.92 with his third career New Jersey Athletic Conference title at the NJAC Championships at Ocean Breeze. He set the school record 6.92 last year at the same meet when he placed second to Cameron Dobbins of Rutgers-Camden via Williamstown.
Pratt also won the 100-meter dash at the 2018 and 2019 NJAC outdoor championships. He’s been first or second at six straight NJAC title meets.
Pratt, a Camden High graduate, had PRs of 11.11 and 23.06 in high school.
On Monday, Pratt ran 6.97 in the fourth of four 60 heats. Justin Percival of SUNY Farmingdale, racing the first prelim, led all qualifiers at 6.95.
Jah’mere Beasley, a Sterling grad and Rowan freshman, was the only other qualifier under 7. He ran a personal-best 6.98 in the second race of the trials. His previous PR was 7.02 on the same track earlier this month.
In the final, Pratt finished an instant before Beasley, Pratt in 6.92 and Beasley with another PR of 6.94. Percival ran third in 6.96.
Pratt and Beasley are ranked No. 14 and No. 21 in NCAA Division 3 and they go into the Atlantic Region meet in Rochester ranked No. 1 and 3 in the region. Percival ran 6.94 last month at the Armory.
Before Pratt ran 6.93 last year, the school record in the 60 was 6.95, set by Freehold graduate Dave Benjamin in 2017.
Beasley’s 6.94 makes him the No. 4 freshman in NCAA Division 3
Beasley also won the 200 with a 22.22, which is No. 15 in Division 3 and No. 3 among freshmen. He has a college best of 22.21 from a meet at Ocean Breeze in January.
At Sterling, Beasley ran as fast as 21.30 outdoors, placing 4th in the Meet of Champions last spring. He never ran indoor track in high school, so this is his first season of running the 200 on a tight, banked one-lane track.