Men’s track wins sixth straight NJAC title with six first place finishers

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Men's Track & Field poses with their trophy after winning the NJAC in Staten Island, New York. This is their sixth consecutive NJAC title. Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Photo / Rowan Athletics.

The men’s track and field team made history this past Monday by winning their sixth straight New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship. With this win, they also remain in the top five of the U.S. Tack & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region.

This team has been working diligently and their consistency has paid off to say the least.

“I’m very proud of this team,” said Head Coach Dustin Dimit. “We ended up winning by a pretty large margin and that goes into the dedication and effort they put in all year.” 

They came to win and they did so in dominating fashion.

The Profs took first place in six different categories with senior Julian Pratt winning the 60 meter dash breaking his own school record with a time of 6.92. Junior Justin Bishop took first in the 400 meter run (49.52). Junior Nick Neville won the 800 meter run (1:55.42). Senior Dylan Tyrrell won the 3000 meter run (8:40.69). The team also won the 4×400 and 4×800 relays with times of 3:19.89 and 8:05.39.

The Profs ended with a total of 219.5 points, more than 100 points ahead of second place Stockton who had 117.5.

Junior Bishop was elated with his own and the team’s performance. He fought through his ongoing back injury and seeing that hard work paying off in a first place win in the 400 meter run was surreal for him.

“It felt good to win again and hopefully we can qualify for Nationals,” Bishop said.

Even though the accomplishment is great and should not be overlooked, there is still some unfinished business Bishop and the team feel needs to be attended to.

“We’re trying to win nationals as a team. We want that ring for sure,” Bishop said.

This team is more focused than ever.

As a whole they’re looking at the bigger picture. Not just for the indoor season but also for the upcoming spring season.

“The training is coming together and we’re gearing up for quicker times,” said sophomore Jake Caruso.

Caruso also performed well, placing fourth in the 500 meter with a time of 15:41.34.

The Profs continue their Staten Island road trip this Friday at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex to see if they can keep the momentum up to reach the ultimate goal of winning nationals.

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