Rowan Wins 24th NJAC Men’s Cross Country Title

Rowan Wins 24th NJAC Men’s Cross Country Title

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Championship results

EWING, NJ — Justin Kelly won the NJAC men’s cross country individual title to lead Rowan to his 24th overall conference title and first since 2017 on Saturday at TCNJ’s Green Lane course.

The Profs finished with 28 points thanks to the five scorers finishing in the top 10. TCNJ finished second in the team standings with 38 points and the five scoring runners in the top 14, and Stockton rounded out the top three with 73 points.

Ramapo (112) was fourth and NJCU (160) fifth. Rutgers-Newark (184), Kean (199) and Rutgers-Camden (239) round out the team standings.

Kelly became the 27th rider from Rowan to win the individual title and the first since Daniel Henry in 2018. He finished in a winning time of 25:09. Jacob Riley (25:40) was the second to finish Prof in fourth followed by Brandon Jarrett (25:45) in sxith and Dario Epifania (25:46) in seventh. Cole Kolodziej completed the score five in 10th with a time of 25:57.

“We’re really proud of how the team raced today,” Rowan head coach Dustin Dimit said. “We knew the team race would be tight with TCNJ and our guys pulled together to take the win. Justin rode a great race for the win and our pack executed the race plan perfectly. We are excited for more beautiful performances at regionals in 2 weeks.”

The TCNJ team runner-up put four in the top 10, led by Benjamin Fanta’s third time of 25:40.5. Kevin Christensen (25:41) crossed fifth, followed by Mart Villanueva (25:48) in eighth and Gabriel Calandri (25:54) in ninth. Michael Bond (26:15) was the fifth goalscorer in 13th.

Stockton was led by individual runner-up Cooper Knorr, who finished with a time of 25:17. He was joined in the top 14 by Erik Ackerman, who placed 14th with a time of 26:18.

Ian McCauley beat fourth-placed Ramapo with a 16th-place finish in 26:26. Rookie Ryan Pena joined him in the top 20, crossing in 26:33.

Adam Abushanab of Rutgers-Newark led the Scarlet Raiders with a top 25, crossing in 26:44 for 22nd.

The NJCU was led by Jake Sisk and Jaime Tlatelpa, who finished 42nd and 43rd respectively. Sisk clocked 27:42 and Tlatelpa clocked 27:46.

Kean, a newcomer to the NJAC cross country scene this year, was coached by rookie William Mitchell. He finished 47th with a time of 27:57.

David Morrow led a young group of runners from Rutgers-Camden, clocking 29:58 for 67th.

NJAC teams are back in action on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the NCAA Metropolitan Regional Championship at DeSales University.

NJAC Championship Results
1. Rowan – 28
2. TCNJ-38
3. Stockton – 73
4. Ramapo – 112
6. Rutgers-Newark – 184
7. Kean – 199
8. Rutgers-Camden – 239


Helen J. Jimenez