A large contingent of South Jersey athletes qualified for NCAA Division 3 National Championships this weekend at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Those athletes won’t get a chance to compete now, but they certainly deserve some recognition for their achievements during the season.
Let’s take a look:
AHMIR JOHNSON, ROWAN
Johnson, a sophomore at Rowan, jumped 48-8 1/4 at the All-Atlantic Championships in Rochester to earn the No. 4 seed in the triple jump. Johnson, a graduate of Wissahickon High in Ambler and a transfer from Gwynned Mercy, broke the Rowan school record of 48-2 set in 2018 by Harrison Escoffery.
RAKIM COYLE, ROWAN
Coyle, a graduate of Wildwood Catholic and Rowan sophomore, hit an indoor PR 23-7 1/2 in the long jump to win the All-Atlantic meet. He was the No. 10 seed in the long jump at nationals and one of three Rowan long jumpers to qualify.
FRANCIS RICHARD, ROWANThe junior from Northern Highlands in Allendale also got in at the long jump as the No. 15 seed with a personal-best 23-3 1/4 at AARTF.
JOHN OWENS, ROWAN
Owens, a sophomore from West Windsor-Plainsboro North, got into nationals as the 20th and final seed in the long jump with his season-best 23-2 on his final attempt at the Gotham Cup at Ocean Breeze in January. He’s got a lifetime best of 23-7 1/2 from last year’s AARTF meet in Cortland, N.Y.
1,600-METER RELAY, ROWAN
The all-South Jersey quarter of freshman Jah’mere Beasley from Sterling, freshman Jake Kolodziej from Washington Township, junior Justin Bishop from Mainland Regional and junior Francis Terry from Sterling earned the No. 4 seed in the 1,600-meter relay with a 3:17.02 in Rochester earlier this month.
DISTANCE MEDLEY, ROWAN
Junior Nick Neville from South Brunswick, junior Vincent Delle from Old Bridge, sophomore Joe DeVito of Jackson Liberty and sophomore Kevin Lauren from Lenape ran 10:06.06, only 6 1/2 seconds off the school record set by Nick Nocco of Southern Regional, Bishop, Neville and Kevin Veltre of Brick Memorial at NCAA’s last year.
ROBERT ABRAMS, TCNJ
The Cherry Hill West graduate got the No. 7 seed in the mile with his personal-best 4:13.19 at the AARTFC meet in Rochester earlier this month. That was eight seconds faster than his best time last year.
SAMUEL GERSTENBACHER, ELIZABETHTOWN
Gerstenbacher, an E-town senior from Schalick, was the No. 9 seed in the 3,000 with an 8:26.67 personal-best at the AARTFC Championships two weeks ago. Note that Cherokee graduate Mike Zurzolo, a TCNJ senior, ran 8:31.21 and missed qualifying by 32-100ths of a second.
MYIAH STURDIVANT, ROWAN
Sturdivant, a junior out of Timber Creek, earned the No. 16 seed in the 400 with her 57.44 at a last-chance meet at Ocean Breeze. Sturdivant was on Rowan’s 400-meter relay team that earned All-America honors last spring.
ANGEL ROWE, ROWAN
Rowe, a senior from Passaic County Tech, was also a No. 16 seed, thanks to a huge 38-2 3/4 triple jump at Ocean Breeze. This was going to be her fifth NCAA Championships.
KAILA CARTER, TCNJ
Carter, a senior from Cherokee, had a terrific season, winning titles at both the NJAC and AARTFC meets. Her best time over the 60-meter hurdles was 8.89, but she ran 8.22 over 55 meters, which converts to 8.84 and got her the No. 11 seed. She still would have gotten in with her 8.89 but just as a slightly lower seed.
JESSICA MCRAE, STOCKTON
Jessica McRae, a senior from Carteret, jumped a personal-best 38-11 3/4 at the Fasttrack Invite at Ocean Breeze last month to earn her first career ticket to NCAAs.