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PITMAN, NJ – Several Rowan University student-athletes received New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track All-Conference honors. Jamie Thompson was chosen the Women’s Co-Rookie of the Year.
The All-Conference Teams are determined by the results of the NJAC Championships (Feb. 20). All individual and relay event winners are on the first team, while the second place finishers earn second team honors. Those athletes that capture third receive honorable mention.
Thompson (fr. Monmouth Jct., NJ/South Brunswick) was on the All-Conference first team in the 55 meter hurdles and the long jump. She won the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.40, which tied the school record she set at the Collegiate Track Conference (CTC) Championships (Feb. 12). It was also better than the NCAA provisional (8.55). Thompson had a distance of 17’ 0.25” (5.19 meters) in the long jump. The women’s distance medley of Samantha Stapleton (fr. Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown), Ashlee Petroski (fr. Verona, NJ/Verona), Christina Huynh (so. Lake Hiawatha, NJ/Parsippany) and Alli Catenacci (sr. Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview Reg.) won in 12:57.71 for All-Conference first team honors.
The men’s first team selections were Kyle Hayes (sr. Pt. Pleasant, NJ/Pt. Pleasant Boro), Pierre James (so. Somerset, NJ/Franklin) and the 4x200 meter and 4x400 meter relays. Hayes was the winner in the long jump with a distance of 22’ 7.25” (6.89 meters). James had a first place in the shot put with a toss of 52’ 0.75” (15.87 meters), which was better than the NCAA provisional (50’ 10.25”, 15.50 meters). He recorded a better provisional (52’ 1.75”, 15.89 meters) at the CTC Championships (Feb. 12). The 4x200 meter relay of Marcus Lee (so. Vineland, NJ/Vineland), Jayce Maxwell (jr. Toms River, NJ/Monsignor Donovan), Brandon Taylor (so. Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) and Ali Ejaz (fr. Glassboro, NJ/Glassboro) had a winning time of 1:30.66. The 4x400 meter relay won in 3:22.28 with Ejaz, Maxwell, Taylor Purdue (so. Highland Lakes, NJ/Vernon Twp.) and Demetrius Rooks (so. Galloway, NJ/Absegami).
The second team honorees included: Jena Peacock (jr. Williamstown, NJ/Our Lady of Mercy Academy), Will Smith (fr. Cranford, NJ/Cranford), Eric DuBois (jr. Pittsgrove, NJ/A.P. Schalick), Mark Lisa (jr. Highland Lakes, NJ/Vernon Twp.) and Rooks. Peacock took second in the women’s mile run with a time of 5:05.65. Smith ran the men’s one mile in 4:21.66 for second place. DuBois came in second in the 5000 meters (14:54.70), while Rooks was second in the 400 meters (49.56). Lisa collected second place in the long jump with a leap of 22’ 6.25” (6.87 meters).
The women’s All-Conference honorable mentions were Heidi DeGuzman (jr. Central Islip, NY/Pennsauken), Grace Kaler (fr. Parsippany, NJ/Parsippany Hills), Kayla Leahey (fr. Keansburg, NJ/Warwick Valley) and the 4x200 and 4x800 meter relays. DeGuzman captured third in the 55 meters with a time of 7.47. Kaler finished third in the 5000 meters with 19:32.52 and Leahey’s height of 10’ 6” (3.20 meters) was good for third place in the pole vault. The 4x200 meter relay of DeGuzman, Amirah Muneer (jr. Ewing, NJ/Ewing), Jacqui Nisbett (jr. Woodbury, NJ/Woodbury) and Leahey came in third with a time of 1:45.40. The third place 4x800 meter relay (9:57.23) consisted of Kaler, Catenacci, Stapleton and Peacock.
Mike Carotenuto (so. Port Monmouth, NJ/Middletown N.), Taylor and the 4x800 and distance medley relays earned men’s All-Conference honorable mention. Carotenuto ran the 800 meters in 1:58.25 for third place. Taylor took third in the 55 meters (6.66). The third place 4x800 meter relay (8:21.71) was made up of Smith, Carotenuto, Tom Austin (so. Mantua, NJ/West Deptford) and Stephen Hoffman (jr. Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City). The distance medley of Hoffman, Josh McGriff (so. Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central Reg.), Austin and Brian Quilty (sr. Brick, NJ/Saint Rose) was third with a time of 10:55.42.