Over the weekend, the Rowan women’s indoor track and field team competed in the NYC Gotham Cup in Staten Island. There was no team scoring at the event, but a few of the Profs had strong outings.
Fifth-year student Emily Galvin participated in the weight throw and broke the school record for the event, with a throw of 16.86 meters. She beat the record of current senior Makayla Taylor, who set the record last season with 16.77 meters. Someone who wasn’t surprised by this result was Head Coach Derick “Ringo” Adamson.
“I saw it coming with Emily [Galvin],” Ringo said. “She is a very tough cookie, she is chiseled from head to toe. I think she is just only gonna keep improving and getting better. She is gonna do damage in the NJAC [New Jersey Athletic Conference].”
Another Prof who had a great day was Nevaeh Lorjuste, who finished in third place in the 500 meter. This is the second meet in a row that Lorjuste put up solid times, as she also finished in first place in two events at the previous Alvernia Winter Invitational.
“I am trying to beat myself each and every time,” Lorjuste said. “I just want to be stronger every time I run.”
Ringo has seen the improvement and the work ethic from Lorjuste to improve her times each and every week.
“She is definitely ahead of where she was last season,” Ringo said. “The only thing that made me nervous was what kind of shape she would be in after the break. But she came back in here in good shape. So I told her ‘lets take a shot at this non-typical event in the 500-meter race. You are a 400-meter runner usually but let’s see what you can do with this.’ I was actually stunned with how good she did. She should probably be NCAA Athlete of the Week.”
Rounding out the top finishing for the Profs was distance runner Anna Sasse, who has continued to find success despite the transition from the fall cross-country season to winter indoor track. On Saturday, Sasse finished third in the 800-meter race, an event she also does not usually participate in.
“Anna [Sasse] is not usually an 800-meter runner for us. She is usually just flat-out distance for us,” Ringo said. “She said ‘what do I need to do for the event?’ and she did exactly what I told her to do, and she got where she needed to be to run it. She just loves to run. That girl is such a sponge, just trying to get as much knowledge to improve herself as much as possible.”
Ringo is currently trying to get the 4×100 team some national exposure this upcoming weekend by having them compete at the Columbia Challenge on Friday, Jan. 27. Then, on Saturday, Jan. 28, everyone but the distance runners will be competing at the Seamus McElliot Invitational.
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