Rowan enters elite company with 10th top-5 finish at NCAA Division 3 Championships!!!

Let’s take a deeper look at Rowan’s 4th-place finish at the NCAA Division 3 Championships in Greensboro.

Rowan placed fourth with 41 points, finishing behind only Wartburg College of Waverly, Iowa, which scored 54 points, and two Wisconsin schools – Eau Claire with 49 and Oshkosh with 48. Another Wisconsin school, La Crosse, was fifth with 39 points.

This is the 10th time Rowan has finished in the top 5 at Division 3 nationals. Only four schools have recorded more top-5 finishes: Lincoln of Lower Oxford Township, Chester County (29 times), Wisconsin La Crosse (29), North Central of Naperville, Ill. (18), and Mount Union of Alliance, Ohio (13).

Rowan won the meet five years in a row from 1980 through 1984 and was 2nd in 1978 and 1979, 3rd in 2018 and 5th in 1998.

Rowan’s 41 points at this year’s meet are their most since they won the 1984 team title with 114 points. Not sure what the scoring system was back then but that’s a lot of points!

Here’s a look at all of Rowan’s top-10 finishers:

1978: 2nd [35]
1979: 2nd [44]
1980: 1st [61]
1981: 1st [58]
1982: 1st [119]
1983: 1st [97]
1984: 1st [114]
1985: 8th [27]
1996: 9th [17]
1997: T8th [25]
1998: 5th [35]
2012: 8th [23]
2018: 3rd [27]
2021: 4th [41]

Here’s how Rowan scored:
200-METER DASH [8 points]: Jah’mere Beasley [Sterling], 2nd [21.18]
400-METER RELAY [2 points]: Julian Pratt [Camden], Donovan Clement [Deptford], Jah’mere Beasley [Sterling], Nana Agyemang [Parsippany], 7th [41.22]
1,.600-METER RELAY [10 points]: Amara Conte [Ferris], Hunter Barbieri [Egg Harbor], Justin Bishop [Mainland Reg.], Francis Terry [Sterling], 1st [3:11.81]
TRIPLE JUMP [10 points]: Ahmir Johnson [Wissahickon], 1st [49-7]
JAVELIN [8 points]: Dan McAleavey [Howell], 1st [206-6]
JAVELIN [3 points]: Julio LeBron [Memorial-WNY], 6th [192-6]

All of Rowan’s points other than Pratt’s 4-by-1 relay leg came from underclassmen. Beasley is a potential scorer in the 100 as well as the 200 and Johnson in the long jump as well as the triple jump.  Beasley missed the 100 final by 5-100ths of a second and Johnson missed the long jump final by one-quarter of an inch (and Agyemang by 1 1/2 inches). So there’s no reason to think a year from now the Profs can’t make a run at their first national title since 1984.

Johnson became Rowan’s first-ever triple jump national champion. The 4-by-4 won for the fifth time (1984, 1985, 2011, 2012).

Congrats to Rowan coach Dustin Dimit and his exceptional coaching staff, which includes Olympians Milton Goode (high jumpers) and Norm Tate (horizontal jumpers, hurdlers, sprinters) as well as Ryan Gebhardt (javelin), Eric DuBois (distance), Liz Madden (throws), Sam Maniglia (multis) and John Oberg (vaulters)

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