Rowan University placed three javelin throwers in the top 10 nationally at the NCAA Division 3 Championships in Greensboro Friday.
Dan McAleavey, a junior from Howell, placed second with a lifetime-best throw of 206-6 1/2, Julio Lebron, a sophomore from Memorial of West New York, took eighth with a throw of 192-6, and senior Edgar Rosa from Paulsboro placed 10th overall with a 185-2 1/2.
McAleavey moved up from 5th to 2nd with his 206-5 1/2 on his fifth throw. His previous PR of 204-7, which he threw in March.
LeBron hit 192-6 on his sixth and final throw, moving up from eighth to sixth. That 192-6 is within 2 1/2 feet of his lifetime best of 194-1 from a meet in Orlando, Fla., in March of 2019.
And Rosa hit 185-2 1/2 on his third throw, missing the finals by less than three feet.
McAleavey is now a two-time All-America. He placed eighth in 2019 with a 197-7. This is LeBron’s first All-America honor.
His second place matches the best by a Rowan javelin thrower since Burlington City graduate Sean Biehn took second in 2014 with a throw of 204-5.
The last four times two Rowan athletes have earned All-America honors in the same event they’ve been javelin throwers:
Richard Bodine [Vineland] 4th [206-0], Bruce Davies [Kinnelon] 6th [198-3]
Richard Bodine [Vineland] 2nd [206-5], Ed Colleton [Matawan] 5th [195-3]
Sean Biehn [Burlington City] 2nd [204-5], Sean Corey [Cherry Hill East] 3rd [204-1]
Dan McAleavey [Howell] 2nd [206-6], Julio LeBron [Memorial-WNY] 6th [192-6]
The last time two Rowan Profs placed in the same event at nationals and it isn’t the javelin was 1984, when Bob Rimkis (Washington Township) took second in the steeplechase in 9:00.43 and Lenny Hernandez (Power Memorial) was sixth in 9:09.74.