With an all-South Jersey lineup, Rowan on Friday ran the fourth-fastest 4-by-400 in NCAA Division 3 this year.
The team of Jah’mere Beasely of Sterling, Justin Bishop of Mainland, Jake Kolodziej of Washington Township and Francis Terry of Sterling won the 1,600-meter relay at the All-Atlantic Championships at Nazareth College in Rochester. RIT was second in 3:17.17.
Rowan broke the meet record of 3:18.40 set by a 2018 Rowan team of Schalick’s Chris Mesiano, Bishop, South Brunswick’s Nick Neville and Francis. The Profs broke the facility record at RIT’s Golisano Center of 3:20.79 set by RIT in January.
Rowan’s time trails only Wisconsin-Eau Claire [3:15.80], Wisconsin-Oshkosh [3:16.83] and Loras College of Dubuque, Iowa [3:16.95].
The Profs ran within just over two seconds shy of the school record of 3:15.00 set at 2018 NCAA D-3 nationals by the team of Mesiano, Bishop, Neville and Terry.
Beasely, who never ran the 400 in high school, led off with a 50.1 and Bishop split 48.2 to give Rowan the lead. Kolodziej ran 50.3 and Terry anchored in 48.5.
Qualifying marks for NCAA Division 3 Championships must be made by Saturday.
The NCAA Division 3 Championships are scheduled for next Saturday and Sunday at Guilford College in Winston-Salem, N.C.