GLASSBORO, NJ – The 2020 outdoor track season was canceled due to COVID. The student-athletes also missed the 2020 cross country and 2020-21 indoor track & field seasons. Now Rowan will have an outdoor schedule but things are not back to normal.
“They (athletes) want to have a season and I am actually glad they are having a season,” stated head coach Derick “Ringo” Adamson. “At their level, if they don’t see that they have something to work for they may just give up. That is what I sense from them.”
“They know there is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel for the sake of speaking,” continued Adamson. “Every day I go out there (practice) and I keep it positive. I stay on top of the positive things to keep them enthused.“
Rowan was the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Outdoor Champion in 2019 and 2018. The Profs also captured the title in 2016 and 2015. The squad has several athletes that have chosen not to compete this season because of COVID and others are taking online classes from home. The Profs have experienced veterans and talent newcomers that will hopefully challenge for the conference championship.
Heading the group of sprinters are returnees Promise Fadahunsi, Darielle Cross and Sidney McLeod-Whitener. Fadahunsi was named the conference’s Outstanding Track Athlete for the 2019-20 indoor season. She ran a winning time of 7.84 in the 60 meter dash. She was also part of the first place 4x200 meter relay (1:44.39).
At the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Cross earned All-America in the 100 meter hurdles with an eighth place finish (14.10). She anchored the All-America 4x100 meter relay that came in fifth (46.85) at nationals. Cross took second (14.52) in the 100 meter hurdles and third (12.67) in the 100 meter dash at the 2019 outdoor conference championships.
In 2019, McLeod-Whitener ran on the All-America 4x100 meter relay. The 4x100 meter relay won in 47.64 at the Atlantic All-Region Championships. She has a personal record of 12.39 in the 100 meter dash and 25.98 in the 200 meters. Her top time in the 400 meters stands at 1:04.75.
The veteran sprinters also include Sophia Gresham and Kat Pedersen. Gresham only competed indoor in 2019-20. She had a personal record of 8.32 in the 60 meters dash and 26.57 in the 200 meters. They are joined by newcomers Lexy Galette and Livvy Stocklin.
“This season works to the newcomers’ advantage,” said Adamson. “We don’t have Kierston Johnson so now they have a chance to compete. It opens the doors to development faster now than before.”
There will be several new faces in the 400 meters with the addition of Robin Collura, Emily Cheeseman and Stocklin. The Profs will also have Kari DiTonno, Amanthy Sosa Cacere and Pedersen in the 400 meters. DiTonno has personal bests in the 200 and 400 meters of 26.51 and 1:00.70 respectively. Sosa Cacere and Pederson have one season of indoor experience. Sosa Cacere has a personal record of 1:09.35 in the 400 meters. Pedersen’s best time in the 400 meters was 1:04.61.
“Robin is very talented,” Adamson commented. “Kari is an all-around athlete. We can use her in the running events and hurdles. She can do so many things. We could also see Sidney step in the 400 as well.”
The 800 meters group includes Casey Baquero, Sha’Lynn Clarke, Ava Raccaro, Emily Rooney, Nicole Bertollo and Amanda McNally. During the 2019-20 indoor season, Baquero ran the 400 meters in 1:08.73. Clarke had a personal record of 2:20.20 in the 800 meters. Raccaro’s best time in the 800 meters stands at 2:26.53. Rooney finished the 800 meters in 2:33.46 and the 1000 in 3:16.54.
Alyssa Sanders will lead the 1500 meters runners. At the 2019 NJAC Outdoor Championships, she took second place with a time of 4:50.02. She won the mile (5:16.22) and finished second (10:51.06) in the 3000 meters at the 2020 conference indoor championships. Rookie Julianne Ferraro will run the 1500 meters also with Madison Edwards and McNally. Edward’s personal records in the 800 and 1000 meters are 2:29.29 and 3:10.93 respectively.
Jennie Sabol, Lindsey Hofschneider, Sasha Jarvis and Fauve Haney make up the 3000 and 5000 meters pack. At the 2020 Ithaca Bomber Invitational, Sabol ran a personal record of 19:37.34 in the 5000 meters. Hofschneider has a best time of 11:37.51 in the 3000 meters. Jarvis has only competed indoor 2019-20. Her top time in the 3000 meters is 11:45.09 and 20:50.45 in the 5000 meters.
Brianna De La Cruz is the leader in the 10,000 meters along with Kylie Howard and Hofschneider. De La Cruz has a personal record of 42:39.65 in the 10,000 meters at the 2019 NJAC Championships. Her top time in the 5000 meters is 19:09.77.
Cross is joined by Nicole Notarianni, DiTonno, Sosa Cacere and Stocklin in the 100 meter hurdles. At the 2020 indoor conference championships, Notarianni came in third with a time of 9.10. DiTonno’s personal record in the 100 meter hurdles is 15.95.
DiTonno and Stocklin will also compete in the 400 meter hurdles with Mahon McClenahan. Notarianni is also looking to enter the 400 meter hurdles. DiTonno’s top time in the 400 meter hurdles is 1:05.64. McClenahan’s personal record in the 400 meter hurdles is 1:11.10.
The Profs have Edwards back in the 3000 meter steeplechase. She finished second in 11:44.88 at the 2019 NJAC Outdoor Championships. Coach Adamson has other runners that he would like to develop in the steeplechase.
Rookie Amanda Burke is expected to fill the void in the high jump. The Profs are without conference champion Dominique Peters. Sosa Cacere and DiTonno will also compete in the high jump. At the 2019 NJAC Outdoor Championships, DiTonno came in third in the high jump with a height of 4’ 11” (1.50 meters).
Rowan has Gresham, Fadahunsi and DiTonno in the long jump. The top entrees in the triple jump are Lexy Galette and Gresham. During the 2019-20 indoor season, Gresham finished third (17’ 3”, 5.26 m) in the long jump at the conference championships. Sosa Cacere can compete in both events. She has a personal best of 33’ 1.25” (10.09 m) in the triple jump.
The Profs’ mainstays in the throws are Olivia Scattergood and Makayla Taylor. Scattergood had a third place in the hammer with 144’ 3” (43.98 m) at the 2019 NJAC Outdoor Championships. Taylor was the 2020 conference indoor champion in the weight throw. She broke the school and conference records with 53’ 3.5” (16.24 m). Taylor also came in second (40’ 11.75”, 12.49 m) in the shot put. Newcomers in the shot put are Ariana Mack and Latiesha Small.
The pole vaulters consist of Kate Appleby-Wineberg, Amanda Mausser and Kayla Fericy. At the 2020 NJAC Indoor Championships, Appleby-Wineberg had a career best of 8’ 6.25” (2.60 m) and Mausser finished with 7”6.5 (2.30 m). DiTonno has experience in the pole vault. She took third with 10’ 6” (3.20 meters) at the 2020 conference indoor championships. DiTonno had a fourth place (9’ 6.25”, 2.90 m) at the 2019 NJAC Outdoor Championships.
The javelin throwers are Jess Rodgers, Jenna Wyshinski and Liz Vargas. Wyshinski’s best toss in the javelin is 105’ 4” (32.10 m).
Rowan starts the 2021 outdoor season at the Stockton Invitational on March 26. The Profs have three home meets on April 3, April 17 and May 1. The NJAC Championships are scheduled for May 8 and 9 at Ramapo College. The women’s team travels to Susquehanna University for the All-Atlantic Region Championships on May 18 and 19. The NCAA Division III Championships are slated for May 27-29 at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.