GLASSBORO, NJ – The national champion 1980-84 men’s outdoor track and field and 2002 field hockey teams have been selected for the 2012 Rowan University-Glassboro State Sports Hall of Fame. The induction will be held on Sunday, October 28 during the school’s Homecoming weekend.
The ceremony and brunch reception is at 1 p.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the University’s Chamberlain Student Center. The cost is $35 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under and children under three years old are free. Reservations can be made by contacting the Alumni Relations Office at 856-256-5400.
After finishing in second place two straight years, the Profs won their first national title in men’s outdoor track and field in 1980. The men’s track and field team also won the NCAA Division III Championship in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984.
In 1980, the men had four individual national champions: Leon Devero, 110 meter hurdles (14.42), Gustavo Rivera, 800 meters (1:49.54), Ringo Adamson, 3000 meter steeplechase (9:01.37) and Mike Juskus, javelin (258’ 5”). David Hadley took second (47.14) in the 400 meters and Jack Kruse came in third (30:17.45) in the 10,000 meters. They both earned All-America honors. The 4x400 meter relay finished fourth with a time of 3:11.02. The All-American relay consisted of Anthony Stone, Robert Lee, Rivera and Hadley. Lenny Hernandez was an All-American with a fifth place (9:08.07) in the steeplechase. Clayton Davis came in sixth (14.90) in the 110 meter hurdles and received All-America honors.
The Profs won three individual events in 1981 and they had a total of 11 All-Americans. In the 110 meter hurdles, Garry Moore was the winner with a time of 13.96 while Devero finished fourth (14.22) followed by Davis, fifth (14.40). Willie Richardson won the 800 meters in 1:51.12 and Rivera came in second (1:51.30). Juskus had a winning throw of 248’ 8” in the javelin. The 4x400 meter relay with Stone, Rivera, Richardson and Robert Lee captured second place in 3:11.77. Greg Rapp took third place (14:35.52) in the 5000 meters.
Willie Lawson and Moore were national champions in 1982. Moore won the 110 meter hurdles (13.99) for the second time. Lawson took first (1:50.29) in the 800 meters and he was an All-American in the 400 meters (47.62) with a sixth place. Robert Abullah captured second in the 110 meter hurdles (14.22) and the long jump (23’ 11.5”). The 4x400 meter relay came in second (3:11.53) with Stone, Nick Keney, James Thompson and Lawson. Hernandez was fourth (9:04.57) in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
In 1983, Stanley Moore won the 110 and 400 meter hurdles with times of 14.01 and 52.39 respectively. Anthony Abicca came in third (14.69) in the 110 meter hurdles while Lawson had a third place (47.49) in the 400 meters. Robert Rimkis finished third (9:05.33) in the 3000 meter steeplechase and Peter Sharpless took fifth (6’ 10.25”) in the high jump.
Abdullah was the 1984 national champion in the 110 meter hurdles (14.40) and a member of the winning 4x400 meter relay (3:12.40). The relay also included Stone, Ronald Moore and Edward Lamhing. Don Deckert won the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:00.13, which is still the school record. His brother, Ronald Deckert was the national champion in the 5000 meters (14:13.46). Rimkis took second place (9:00.43) in the 3000 meter steeplechase and Hernandez was sixth (9:09.74). Lamhing finished fifth (54.09) in the 400 meter hurdles and Sharpless had a fifth place (6’ 11”) in the high jump.
The Rowan field hockey team captured the 2002 national championship with a 1-0 victory over Messiah College in the championship game. The Profs finished the season with a perfect 21-0 record and they broke the school mark (18) for wins in a season. The field hockey team also captured the New Jersey Athletic Conference title.
Michelle Thornton scored the winning goal against Messiah with 54 seconds left in the first half. Jackie Massara and Jess Wadleigh each had an assist. Rowan totaled 16 shots while Messiah had six. Christine Buteas turned away four shots for the shutout.
In the semifinals, Rowan defeated Salisbury University, 3-2 in two overtimes. Jammie Hicks recorded the game-winner at 85:13. Becky Peterson put the Profs up 1-0 at 8:44 with a pass from Beth Raleigh. At 33:18, Raleigh scored the second goal and Hicks assisted. Salisbury tied the score with two goals in the second half. Buteas ended the contest with five saves.
The field hockey team shut out the University of Mary Washington, 5-0 in the third round. Rowan was ahead 4-0 after the first half with goals from Kelly Rose, Peterson, Hicks and Raleigh. Rose, Wadleigh and Massara each tallied an assist. Peterson registered the final goal in the second period. Rowan accumulated 28 shots while Mary Washington only had seven.
Rowan had a 4-1 victory over McDaniel College in the second round. The Profs led 2-0 with both goals from Raleigh. In the second half, Peterson scored with an assist from Renee Phelps. McDaniel scored its lone goal then Rose hit the cage for the final score. Buteas made five saves.
Thornton, Peterson and Phelps were all named to the All-Tournament team along with teammate Lindsay Hanson.