The Rowan University men’s cross country team kept the ball rolling as they took 8th place out of 19 teams at the fifth annual Inter-Regional Border Battle.
This was the last race before the Profs prepare for the NJACs (New Jersey Atlantic Conference Championships), on Nov 2.
Senior and captain Dylan Tyrrell was one of Rowan’s top finishers. He took 48th place with a time of 25:25.7. According to Tyrrell, 8th place was not what they were looking for, but the depth of the team was what impressed him.
“Kevin [Lauer] went down, and when you lose your top guy, it is difficult,” Tyrrell said. “Everyone else knew they needed to come through. The 8th place showing, it’s not what we wanted, but given all the circumstances, it was pretty impressive and really showed our depth.”
Sophomore Kevin Lauer was not able to finish the race due to an injury, but the team gave it all they had for him.
With the NJACs coming up, the Profs have one goal on their mind.
“Win it,” Tylrell said. “Ramapo is looking very good, and they are going to be a tough beat. We were going in as the favorites, we know we should win, and I think we will.”
From a runner’s standpoint, the goal is to win the NJACs. From a coach’s standpoint, it remains more of the same.
“We are going to show that we are the best team in the conference,” said head coach Dustin Dimit. “We are going to show that we are consistent, and that we will be a player on the national scene.”
The NJACs will be held on Nov 2. at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. On the horizon, is the NCAA Atlantic Regional, as well as the NCAA Championships.
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