PITMAN, NJ – A trio of Rowan student-athletes received NJAC Weekly honors for May 24 – Jah’mere Beasley of the men’s track & field team and Eli Atiya and Victor Cruz of the baseball team.
All three were part of the NJAC champion teams in their sports and additionally, all will be headed to the NCAA Championships this week with their squads.
Beasley (Camden, NJ) was named the Track Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this season. Running at Rowan’s Last Chance meet, the sophomore ran a 10.48 in the preliminaries and then broke his own school record (10.6) by clocking a 10.5 in winning the 100m dash. That time is tied for second in Division III as Beasley heads to the NCAA Championships. He also ran the third leg of the 4x100 relay that took first place at the Last Chance Meet.
Atiya (Cherry Hill, NJ) received NJAC honors for the second time this season as he was named the Pitcher of the Week. The sophomore lefthander pitched 6.0 innings, struck out six and allowed just one run in the NJAC title-clinching win over William Paterson, 8-3, to give Rowan its 17th conference championship. Atiya earned the victory, upping his season record to 8-1, giving him the most wins on the staff.
Cruz (Westfield, NJ) was the Baseball Player of the Week and earns NJAC honors for the first time in his career. The third baseman batted .667 (4-for-6) with four RBI and 2 runs as the Profs swept the NJAC championship series vs. William Paterson. He helped pace the 12-4 first-game win, going 3-for-4 with two runs and a double, and singled and scored a run in the Profs' six-run fifth inning. The senior went 1-for-2 in the second game with an RBI triple that gave Rowan a 4-0 lead in the second inning.
Rowan’s baseball team heads to the NCAA Marietta College Regional as the top seed where they will face sixth-seeded Penn State Behrend on Thursday in the double elimination tournament, with a chance to move onto the championship series in Des Moines, IA.
The Profs’ track team is sending 14 individuals to this week’s NCAA Championships, which is one of the largest contingents in the nation. Competition in Greensboro, NC, begins on Thursday, May 27.