MEET RECAP: 2019 NJCAA DIII Outdoor T&F Championships

UTICA, N.Y. – Champions were crowned at the 2019 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships as the men from Rowan-Gloucester (N.J.) and the women from Suffolk County (N.Y.) captured team titles at the conclusion of the meet.

The Roadrunners became the first men’s team to repeat as champions since Harper College in 2011 and 2012, while the Sharks bounced back from a seventh-place finish one year ago to win their second national title in the past four years.

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: National Championships Central

Rowan-Gloucester (N.J.) used an utterly dominant performance from its throwers to win its third national title in program history. The Roadrunners, who also won in 2014, scored 69 of their 131 total points in the discus (16), hammer (19), javelin (19) and shot put (24). That 24-point total in the shot put might stick out as it was an unprecedented 1-2-3 sweep.

The rest of the podium spots in the race for the men’s team title were filled out by Suffolk County (N.Y.), Harper College and Triton College. The Sharks finished with 115 points, while the Hawks and the Trojans ended up with 104 and 100, respectively.

Suffolk County (N.Y.) won the women’s title thanks to what very well could be the most well-rounded efforts in meet history. The Sharks amassed 144.5 points by scoring in 18 of 22 possible events. Suffolk County (N.Y.) put up more than 10 points in six different events: pole vault (15.5), long jump (13), 100 (13), long jump (13), high jump (12) and steeplechase (11).

The rest of the podium spots in the race for the women’s team title were filled out by last year’s national champion Kingsborough (N.Y.), Harper College and Rowan-Gloucester (N.J.). The Wave was a distant second this year with 113 points, while the Hawks and the Roadrunners finished with 109.5 and 101 points, respectively.