Rider at Greyhound Invitational (Moravian College)
& Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational
BETHLEHEM, Pa./PRINCETON, N.J.-The Rider University men's and women's track and field teams competed this weekend at both the Greyhound Invitational hosted by Moravian College and Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational.
"We had a good weekend," said head coach Bob Hamer. "It was nice to get a couple of wins today."
For the Rider men at Moravian, freshman Anthony Dentino (Sewell/Washington Township) won the 5000 meter (15:12.05), freshman Nasser Zayer (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter's) was runner-up in the 1500 meter (3:58.15) and freshman Jonathan Galya(Freehold/Freehold Township) placed third in the high jump (1.96m).
For the Rider men at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational, junior James Burroughs (West Orange) was third in the 110 hurdles with an IC4A qualifying time of 14.63 and was 11th in the 400 meter hurdles (54.45) with sophomore Steven Brown (Penns Grove) placing seventh in the long jump (7.06m) and senior Ron Moore (Nashville, Tenn./John Overton) finishing ninth in the 400 meter hurdles (54.12) and 17th in the 110 meter
For the Rider women at Princeton, junior Mia Riley (West Caldwell/James Caldwell) was eighth in the 100 meter with an ECAC qualifying time of 12.03.
For the Rider women at Moravian, junior Erin Fitzgibbons (Sayreville) won the 3000 meter steeplechase (11:38.99), junior Nicole Tassello (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) won the 5000 meter (18:22.10) and freshman Emily Ritter (Millsboro, Del./Sussex Tech) was third in the 5000 meter (18:44.22).
"Nicole is having a great season," Hamer said. "She has worked so hard to get where she is and I'm excited with the results that she is achieving."
Tassello was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Performer of the Week last week for her efforts at the Rider Invitational.
"Our goal was to put our student-athletes in successful situations where they could not only compete but succeed and continue to gain confidence," Hamer said. "Going to both events allowed a number of our athletes to compete and they rose to the occasion. It was a little bit of a juggling act with the weather change possibilities and the logistics of two events but they just went out and competed and that was the real goal of the weekend. One of the keys to our success is the psychological aspect and judging by the results, we handled that well."
Also for the Bronc men at Moravian, sophomore George Osti (Union) was fourth in the hammer throw (49.56m), sophomore Billy Hackmeister (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) was fifth in the 5000 meter (15:43.91), freshman George Solujich (East Windsor/Notre Dame) was sixth in the shot put (15.24m) and 10th in the discus (42.30m), junior Sean Donohue(Cliffwood Beach/Matawan) was sixth in the 5000 meter (15:49.34), senior Adam Haun(Holland, Pa./Council Rock South) was seventh in the high jump (1.81m), freshman Ariel Caceres (Union City) was seventh in the 5000 meter (16:01.05), freshman Anthony DeFranco (Berkeley Heights/Governor Livingston) was 10th in the pole vault (4.30m) and senior David South (Sergeantsville/Hunterdon Central) was 10th in the 800 meter (1:56.91).
Also for the Bronc women at Moravian, freshman Taylor Harmon (Robbinsville) placed fourth in the high jump (1.57m), senior Kelli Kaelin (Little Egg Harbor/Pinelands Regional) was fifth in the 5000 meter (18:54.27), sophomore Treasure Burke (Pennsauken/Camden Catholic) finished seventh in the hammer throw (44.89m), freshman Leonora Paul (Hackensack) was seventh in the shot put (11.81m), sophomore Rhea Phipps Basking Ridge/Ridge) was ninth in the shot put (11.32m) and junior Krista Musinski Pittston, Pa./Wyoming Area Secondary) was 10th in the triple jump (10.27m).
Also for the Broncs at the Larry Ellis, junior Dave Brown (Ewing) was 22nd in the 400 meter (49.13), grad student Michael Soroko (Kinnelon) was 23rd in the 3000 meter steeplechase with an IC4A qualifying time of 9:11.04, junior Ashley Hunter (Northampton, Pa./Northampton) was 24th in the 400 meter (1:03.84), freshman Michael Breen (Hazlet/Raritan) was 29th in the 400 meter hurdles (56.45), senior Heather Giovagnoli (Royersford, Pa./Spring Ford) was 52nd in the 1500 meter (4:40.70), junior Greg Wesh (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) was 53rd in the 800 meter (1:54.16) and junior Megan Elgin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) placed 57th in the 5000 meter (17:38.65).
Rider competes at the Penn Relays (April 26-28) and the TCNJ Invitational April 28.
"We are hoping to carry through the success of the past few weeks into the championships that are upcoming in May," Hamer added.
Rider hosts the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships May 5-6.