GLASSBORO, NJ – Seniors Olivia Scattergood, Alyssa Sanders, Nicole Notarianni, Sidney McLeod-Whitener and Kari DiTonno and graduate student Jennie Sabol are captains of the Rowan women’s indoor and outdoor track & field teams.
“These young women are excellent leaders in the classroom and on the track,” stated head coach Derick “Ringo” Adamson. “They are good communicators and motivators. Olivia takes command of the entire throws unit. She is dedicated to making sure the entire team is on task. For example, she set up a Zoom meeting to go over how to register for class with the freshmen and transfers. She has accomplished great things while at Rowan.”
Scattergood competes in the weight throw and shot put during the indoor season and the hammer, discus and shot put outdoor. At the 2020 All-Atlantic Region Indoor Championships, she recorded a career best in the weight throw with a toss of 49’ 7.75” (15.13 m). In the hammer, Scattergood set a personal record of 148’ 11” (45.50 m) at the 2019 All-Atlantic Region Outdoor Championships. She earned New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-Conference honorable mention with a third place (144’ 3”, 43.98 m) in the hammer at the conference championships.
Her career mark in the shot put of 35’ 10.75” (10.94 m) came at the 2018 Franklin & Marshall Diplomat Open. Scattergood earned NJAC All-Conference second team in the discus with 120’ 4” (36.69 m), which was a personal record at the 2018 NJAC Outdoor Championships. A Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction, she was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and received NJAC All-Academic honorable mention. Scattergood is majoring in psychology.
“Alyssa and Jennie take complete control of the distance unit,” Adamson said. “They stress both academic and athletic achievement. From the beginning, they get the incoming freshmen to understand what they're here for academically.”
During the 2019-20 indoor season, Sanders earned NJAC All-Conference first team in the mile and second team in the 3000 meters. At the conference championships, she took first place in the mile with a time of 5:16.22 and was second in the 3000 meters in 10:51.06. Sanders ran a personal record of 10:14.58 in the 3000 meters at the Fastrack Last Chance Meet. At the 2019 NJAC Outdoor Championships, she came in second (4:50.02) in the 1500 meters for All-Conference second team honors. Sanders recorded a career best 2:19.41 and took second in the 800 meters at the Coach Pollard Invite.
She had career top times in the 1500 meters (4:43.78) at the Larry Ellis Invitational and 5000 meters (18:03.40) at the Sam Howell Invitational. Sanders was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and received NJAC All-Academic honorable mention. The Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction is a translational biomedical sciences major.
Last indoor season, Sabol had personal records in the 3000 meters (11:23.39) at the Fastrack National Invite and 5000 meters (19:37.34) at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational. In May, she earned a bachelor’s degree in human resource management. Sabol received Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction and NJAC All-Academic honorable mention. She is pursuing a business certificate of graduate study.
“Nicole is a very organized young woman,” commented Adamson. “For example, she is doing her student-teaching and she's here every day for practice. She expects that her teammates should be here as well. Nicole is also an excellent goal-setter.”
Notarianni competes in the hurdles and sprints. At the 2020 NJAC Indoor Championships, she finished third in the 60 meter hurdles with a personal record of 9.10 and earned All-Conference honorable mention. Notarianni had a career mark of 27.78 in the 200 meters at the Albany Winter Classic.
Her top time in the 100 hurdles is 15.23 at the 2019 NJAC Outdoor Championships. She posted a personal record of 1:11.77 in the 400 hurdles at the Widener Invitational. An early childhood education major, Notarianni was named a Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction and received NJAC All-Academic honorable mention
“In addition to being an excellent athlete and student, Sidney is very keyed in on social justice,” said Adamson. “She always explains to her teammates what this means to her and what this means to the team due to the fact that we are such a diverse unit.”
McLeod-Whitener is a sprinter and a member of the Profs’ relays. She ran on the winning 4x200 meter relay (1:44.13) at the 2020 All-Atlantic Region Indoor Championships. She set a personal record (7.95) in the 60 meter dash at the NJAC Indoor Championships.
At the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, McLeod-Whitener earned All-America on the fifth place 4x100 meter relay that finished in 46.85. She was part of the winning 4x100 meter relay (47.64) at the All-Atlantic Region Outdoor Championships. The finance major earned NJAC All-Academic honorable mention and Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction. She was the co-recipient of Rowan’s Shirley O’Day Award.
“Kari is another dedicated student-athlete who is also student teaching,” commented Adamson. “She is very much into social justice. Kari is a multi-event athlete so she understands the sacrifice and dedication it takes to excel in this sport. She knows how to gather herself up after an event and get the team up to get going again. She is also very calm under pressure.”
DiTonno also contributes in the pole vault. At the 2020 NJAC Indoor Championships, she came in third in the pole vault with a career best 10’ 6” (3.20 m) and received All-Conference honorable mention. DiTonno had a personal record of 5’ 1.25” (1.56 m) in the high jump at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational.
During the 2019 outdoor season, she ran career times in the 400 meters (1:00.70) at the Widener Invitational and the 400 hurdles (1:05.64) at the Point Loma Nazarene University Invitational. DiTonno is a Rowan Scholar-Athlete and a health & physical education major. She received NJAC All-Academic honorable mention.