Rowan sends two to NCAA Division III women's track finals

Posted: May 26, 2013

Two athletes on Rowan's women's track and field team reached the finals of their events at the NCAA Division III Championships in La Crosse, Wis., on Friday.

Delsea High graduate Brianna Crofton set a school record in the 400 meters, finishing second in her heat with a time of 56.14 seconds. She had the fifth-best time among the nine finalists.

Jamie Thompson ran 14.15 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles to finish second in her heat. She qualified fifth among the nine participants in Saturday afternoon's final.

The Profs' 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams also reached their finals.

Widener's Gavin Colley qualified for the 100 final at the Division III championships. Colley claimed the ninth and final spot in the final after the results were narrowed to thousandths of a second. Colley's 10.766 result got him to the final by just 0.003 of a second.

Colley's qualifier was so close the results had to be carried out into thousandths of a second. After all three heats were completed and following an agonizing wait, Colley got the ninth and final spot by running in 10.766 seconds to advance by 0.003 seconds.

St. Joseph's will have an athlete competing at the NCAA Division I men's track and field championships next month for the first time in 27 years.

Camden Catholic graduate Kevin McDonnell, a graduate student at St. Joe's, finished sixth in the 10,000 meters at the East Regional in Reensboro, N.C., on Thursday night. His time of 29 minutes, 59.82 seconds was good enough to make the 12-runner field. The championships will take place in Eugene, Ore., from June 5 to 8. The 10,000 final is scheduled for June 6.

Steve Ave was the last male athlete to qualify for the NCAA championships. He competed in the 1,000 indoors and the 1,500 outdoors in 1986.

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