Pitman graduate Alyssa Sanders won her first collegiate conference title earlier this week.
Sanders, a Rowan junior, ran 5:16.22 to win the mile Monday at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships at Ocean Breeze.
Sanders and teammate Dianne Ferraro [5:17.80] finished 1-2. Sanders finished second in the 1,500 at last year’s outdoor NJAC, behind Rowan senior Hannah Vendetta, her Panthers high school teammate.
Sanders ran within two seconds of her mile PR of 5:14.04, which she set at last year’s AARTFC Championships in Ithaca, N.Y.
A group of eight runners came through 800 meters, all between 2:39 and 2:40, but by the time the pack hit 400 to go, Sanders, Ferraro and Safiya Ratliff had separated, and with 200 to go it was just Sanders and Ferraro, who both closed in 38.4.
Sanders is No. 10 in the NCAA Division 3 Atlantic Region a week before the Atlantic Region Championships in Rochester, N.Y.