On Saturday, April 8, the Rowan women’s track and field team competed in the Oscar Moore Invitational, their only home meet of the year.
While it was a successful meet for the team, Jasmine Broadway really stood out, hitting her own personal record in the 100-meter preliminaries and finishing in first in the 200-meter. Broadway believes that her performance on Saturday can help her down the road.
“I think that this is really gonna give me the push that I am gonna need going forward,” Broadway said. “It will definitely help me for future races.”
Head Coach Derick “Ringo” Adamson was very impressed by her performance as well.
“I felt she did very well,” Ringo said. “I tell them not to worry about their times. You have to just control the pace of the race. By the time she is by herself at the end of the race the body will just go into the shutdown mode allowing her to be able to cruise in.”
In addition to Broadway’s first-place finish, Emily Galvin, Molly Lodge, Cammy Wright, Nevaeh Lorjuste and Nicole Notarianni recorded first-place finishes in their respective events. The 4×100 meter team of Broadway, Promise Fadahunsi, Notarianni and Lodge also finished in first. The team is hoping that the momentum from this performance will help carry them moving forward.
“Whenever you finish first or higher up in general it boosts your ego,” Broadway said. “It just makes you want to work harder.”
Ringo also sees this as an opportunity for the team to grow and for everyone to start to reach their full potential.
“It is very important to keep our momentum going,” Ringo said. “We will now start trying to hit times they will get us into the nationals meets. The big shock down there was Emily Galvin taking first place. She is now in third place in the country for the hammer throw.”
With it being their only home meet of the year, Broadway and the rest of the athletes felt a big boost of motivation after seeing friends, family and alumni show up.
“Being at home definitely gave us some extra boosts,” Broadway said. “My parents came and there were students who also came. It gives some extra motivation to perform well.”
Ringo also thought being at home provided the team with an advantage.
“We had a load of alumni and parents come over the weekend,” Ringo said. “Most of the time parents do not get to see their kids run. So this is kind of the one time a year they get the opportunity to see them race… I know that means a lot to the girls on the team. I even had grandparents watching their grandkids. That is a blessing. Also they did not want anyone in their house to come in and beat them.”
The team will try to keep the momentum going at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, New Jersey on Friday, April 14.
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