With hopes of starting strong in the outdoor season, the Rowan men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C. to compete in the two-day Wake Forest Open from March 21-22.
Rowan faced competition from Division I, II and III schools, making it a great chance for the Profs to show they could hold their own with top programs. In the individual competition, both teams had many promising outcomes to take away from the meet.
The men’s 4×400-meter relay team, made up of Charles Boon, Trevant McCloud, Tyler Sheilds and Mike Parrillo, placed 12th with a time of 3 minutes, 25.53 seconds on the second day of events.
Glenn Kohles had a throw of 50 feet, 7.25 inches in the shot put to earn eighth place, with Frank Visconti taking 17th. Visconti also finished 15th in the discus with a throw of 140 feet, 3 inches, while Dalton Trembow and Kohles were 18th and 23rd, respectively.
With a time of 15:10.24, Jon Sewnig placed ninth in the 5000. Tim Reardon took 26th in the 5000 at 15:46.23 and Tim Dole followed in 29th.
“I was a bit disappointed after the race simply because there were plenty of other competitors that I should have been able to keep pace with and better my current record of 14:54 from 2013,” Sewnig said. “Though I did say I was disappointed, I am still very hopeful about this upcoming season, and as for the rest of the team, there were some solid performances.”
Mike Carotenuto secured 12th place in the 1500 invitational, while Mike Lewis took 16th in the 1,500 B section. Additionally, Carotenuto had a 19th place finish in the 800 in 1:55.11.
On the women’s side, both the 4×400 and 4×100 relay teams excelled on day two. With Shailah Williams, Jessalynn Wright, Amanda Brown and Melirah Searcy, the 4×400 team took third place in 3:51.06. The 4×100 relay team, consisting of Williams, Kelly Vogt, Lexxus Matos and Paige Brown, had a time of 48.93 to finish in sixth place.
Searcy achieved a fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles at 1:02.40, with Jessica Carlson taking 20th. Carlson also placed 16th in the 100 hurdles with 15.60 seconds and 17th in the triple jump at 35 feet, 3.75 inches.
“This first meet went really well with many of us either hitting or nearing personal records,” Searcy said. “The team looks like it is in great, if not better, shape compared to this point last season.”
At mark of 12.06 seconds, Williams earned fourth place in the 100-meter dash. Meghan Borz finished 18th in the 5000 with 18:26.83, and Katie Juniewicz and Samantha Farina took 16th and 20th, respectively, in the 3000.
Sam Kamper tied for 10th in the high jump B section at a height of 4 feet, 11 inches. Nicole Ras was 15th in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 10.50 inches.
Melissa Lake nabbed eighth place in the javelin with a throw of 136 feet, 3 inches. For the men’s side, Joe Kelly had a 15th-place javelin toss of 175 feet, 9 inches.
“I am absolutely pleased with the Wake Forest results,” said women’s head coach Derick “Ringo” Adamson. “The first meet tells me whether or not I need to make adjustments for training and coaching. But we are ahead of this game. We are ready.”
Rowan will head to Widener University for the Danny Curran Invitational, a two-day meet, which begins on March 28.
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