By BRIAN CUNNIFF
Two Cape May County high school graduates have qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships in track and field.
Rowan University’s Rakim Coyle, a graduate of Wildwood Catholic, and Bridgewater State (Mass.) University’s Josh Moore, a graduate of Middle Township, have both qualified for nationals in their respective events.
Coyle has qualified for nationals in the long jump after posting a personal-best distance of 23 feet, 8 inches, at the All-Atlantic Region Championships held at SUNY Cortland on Thursday. Coyle is currently ranked 17th nationally in Division III in the event. The freshman won the long jump at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships earlier this month.
Moore, a sophomore, has qualified for nationals in the javelin. He is seeded eighth nationally in Division III in the event, after recording a school record distance of 199 feet, 6 inches, at the UMass Dartmouth Corsair Classic on March 30. Moore placed seventh in the event at the MIT Final Qualifying Meet on Thursday.
The NCAA Division III National Championships meet is scheduled for May 23-25 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.