Rakim Coyle of Wildwood Catholic, a Rowan sophomore, soared a big indoor PR 23-7 1/2 and teammate Francis Richard, jumped a PR 23-3 1/4 to place 1-3 in the long jump at the All-Atlantic Regional Saturday.
Rowan sophomore Ahmir Johnson, a graduate of Wissahickon High School in Ambler and a transfer from Gwynned Mercy, jumped 22-7 1/4 for fifth after breaking the school triple jump record, and sophomore John Owens, from West Windsor-Plainsboro North, went 22-5 for sixth at Golisano Fieldhouse at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y.
So Rowan now has four 23-foot jumpers on the current team.
Let’s take a deeper look at this:
RAIKIM COYLE: Coyle’s previous indoor PR was 23-1 1/2 last month in a meet at Ithaca. He just missed his overall PR of 23-8, which he set last spring at the outdoor AARTFC meet at Cortland, N.Y. The 23-7 1/2 is No. 12 in NCAA Division 3 this winter.
FRANCIS RICHARD: Richard, from Northern Highlands High in roke his overall PR of 23-0, which he set outdoors last spring at Swarthmore. His previous indoor PR was 22-9 1/4, which he actually recorded twice this winter – in a meet at Ithaca and again at the NJAC meet at Ocean Breeze.
AHMIR JOHNSON: On Friday, Johnson shattered Rowan’s school record in the triple jump. You can read about that here: https://wp.me/p5uW7L-4yy. Johnson’s 22-7 1/4 On Saturday, he surpassed his college PR of 22-1, which he set last month at Ithaca. His lifetime PR of 23-4 3/4 dates back to a high school meet for Wissahickon at Lehigh’s Rauch Fieldhouse.
JOHN OWENS: Hit an indoor PR of 23-2 in January at Ocean Breeze. Has an outdoor PR of 23-7 1/2 from last spring at SUNY Cortland.
Rowan’s school record is 24-1, set by Robert Beaman for Glassboro State in 1981. Four-time high jump and long jump All-America Jeffrey Tucker of Eastern set the outdoor mark of 24-10 in 2017.