GREENSBORO, NC – This week, the Rowan men’s track & field team travels to the NCAA Division III Championships on Thursday-Saturday, May 27-29 at the Irwin Belk Track Complex.
The Profs’ qualifiers are Nana Agyemang (long jump, 4x100 meter relay), Ian Bain (discus), Jah’mere Beasley (100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay), Justin Bishop (4x400 meter relay), Amara Conte (4x400 meter relay), Donovan Clement (4x100 meter relay), Ahmir Johnson (long jump, triple jump), Julio Lebron (javelin), Dan McAleavey (javelin), Julian Pratt (100 meters, 4x100 meter relay), Edgar Rosa (javelin) and Francis Terry (4x400 meter relay). The top declared 17 individuals and 14 declared relays in Division III will participate at the NCAA Championships.
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“We are excited to be competing at a NCAA championship once again after the last four championships our athletes were eligible for were cancelled due to Covid-19,” said head coach Dustin Dimit. “Our athletes have sacrificed a lot over the last year to be able to practice and compete.”
“We are excited to see what they can accomplish in Greensboro this coming week,” Dimit added. “We have big goals and believe that everyone focusing on their individual events will allow us to have great success as a team.”
On Thursday, the prelims and final are scheduled for the discus and the long jump. The prelims for the 200 meter dash, the 4x100 meter relay and 4x400 meter relay will also be held. Bain is ranked 10th in the discus with 167’ 4” (51.01 m). He was named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-Conference first team and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCCA) Atlantic All-Region Team.
Agyemang is tied for the best performance (24’ 9”, 7.54 m) in the long jump and Johnson is third (24’ 6.5”, 7.48 m). A rookie, Agyemang was chosen the conference’s Thomas M Gerrity Most Outstanding Athlete and to the NJAC first team in the long jump. Johnson earned All-Conference second team honors. Both student-athletes received All-Region honors.
The 4x100 meter relay of Pratt, Clement, Beasley and Agyemang has a time of 41.32, which is 11th among the qualifiers. Conte, Beasley, Bishop and Terry make up the sixth ranked 4x400 meter relay (3:12.35). The two relays were members of the Atlantic All-Region Team.
“Getting so many individual entries as well as both relays really sets the team up well,” stated Dimit. “We have a lot of guys returning to the NCAA Championship so that experience should help especially in the relays where Justin, Francis, Hunter (Barbieri) and Julian are returning.”
The 100 meter dash prelims and the javelin prelims/final are slated for Friday. Beasley’s time of 10.48 is second in the 100 meter dash and Pratt is 17th (10.63). This season, Beasley was named the NJAC Outstanding Track Athlete. He was an All-Conference first team selection in the 200 meter dash and the second team in the 100 meter dash. Beasley earned All-Region honors in both events. Pratt was the conference champion in the 100 meter dash and he was selected All-Region.
In the javelin, McAleavey is ranked third with 204’ 7” (62.36 m) while Rosa follows seventh (197’ 4”, 60.14 m) and Lebron is 13th (193’ 7”, 59.00 m). At the 2019 NCAA Championships, McAleavey earned All-America with an eighth place finish. He had a throw of 197’ 7” (60.22 m). All three throwers were on the Atlantic All-Region Team. McAleavey earned All-Conference second team while Lebron was a member of the third team.
The triple jump prelims/final and the finals for the 4x100 meter relay, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and 4x400 meter relay are scheduled on the final day. Johnson has the eighth spot in the triple jump with 48’ 3.5” (14.72 m). An All-Region selection, he was chosen to the All-Conference second team.
Rowan won its sixth straight NJAC Championship and 19th overall. The Profs are ranked fifth in the latest USTFCCCA Rating Index and first in the Atlantic Region.