The Rowan sprinters didn’t waste any time putting down a fast 4-by-1.
Rakim Coyle, Donovan Clement, Nana Agymang and Jah’mere Beasley ran 41.67 Friday unpressed to win the 400-meter relay at the Stockton Invitational in Galloway Township.
Rowan’s time is No. 1 in NCAA Division 3 so far this spring, bumping Piedmont College of Demorest, Ga., which ran 41.85 on Friday at a meet in Birmingham, Ala.
Three of Rowan’s four legs are freshmen who were competing in their first college track meet.
Coyle is a junior from Wildwood Catholic and was an All-American long jumper two years ago, but Clement is a freshman from Deptford, Agymang a freshman from Parsippany and Beasley a freshman from Sterling.
Agymang also won the 100 in 11.34, leading Rowan to a 1-2-3-4 sweep along with Beasley, Clement and Naxier Jenkins of Perth Amboy, and he led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 in 22.37, with Beasley and Clement second and third.
Rowan did not compete indoors or last spring outdoors, so this was Rowan’s first track meet since March 7, 2020, when the Profs won the All-Atlantic Region Championships at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y.
Rowan’s school record of 40.82 was set in 2003 by Ed Fortune, Matt Davis, Highland’s Jorge Santiago and Camden’s Tyree Jackson when the Profs placed 3rd at the NCAA Division 3 meet in Canton, N.Y.