Day One at IC4A/ECACs
College Track & Field
Rider at IC4A/ECAC – Day One
BOSTON, Mass.— The Rider University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams are competing at the IC4A/ECAC Championships this weekend, hosted by Boston University.
For the Rider men on Saturday, the Broncs set a Rider record, advanced three to the finals and had four post personal records.
“We had a very good day in many ways today for the men and we are looking forward to tomorrow,” said head coach Bob Hamer.
Junior Johnathan Jackson (Roselle/Magnet) qualified for the finals on Sunday in the 1000 meter with a personal record of 2:26.05, finishing third.
Senior Darien Edwards (South Orange/St. Benedict's) set a Rider record in the 500 meter with a time of 1:02.87, qualifying for the finals on Sunday with his sixth place finish.
“Darien has had a really nice season and to finally get the record is a great accomplishment,” said Hamer. “He is ready for a great race in the final tomorrow. We preach racing and making the effort to beat people and not racing the clock. The time comes from competing.”
Junior Devon Jefferson (Franklin Park/Franklin) qualified for the finals in the 60 meter hurdles with a ‘PR’ time of 8.13, finishing eighth after an 11th place finish in the quarterfinals (8.23).
“Devon, Darien, and Johnathan all made finals last year and they returned to do it again this year which is a great accomplishment,” Hamer said. “They ran very well today and they are excited about tomorrow.”
Also for the Bronc men, sophomore Tyree Adams (Hamilton/Hamilton West) placed ninth in the long jump (22’7”), sophomore Christin Patrick (East Orange/Seton Hall Prep) was 24th in the 60 meter hurdle quarterfinals with a time of 8.42 and freshman Alvin Abraham (Egg Harbor/Egg Harbor Township) tied a ‘PR’ in the 400 meter with a time of 49.19, finishing 26th.
The men’s 4x800 relay of freshman Dalin Hackley (Sewell/Washington Township), junior Scott Wood (Florence/Holy Cross), senior Tom McLaughlin (Egg Harbor/Egg Harbor Township) and freshman Brook Wilson (York, Pa./Central York) placed 10th with a time of 7:40.51.
The men’s 4x400 relay of Jefferson, Abraham, freshman Russell Malko (Whitehouse Station/Hunterdon Central) and sophomore Brian Calderaro (Massapequa, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) placed 18th with a time of 3:24.76.
For the Rider women, senior Stephanie Welte (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Basil's Academy) set a new ‘PR’ in the mile, running 4:57.81 to place 16th, sophomore Karoline Sandvig (West Windsor/West Windsor Plainsboro HS South) was 23rd in the weight throw with a distance of 50’7.5”.
“It was tough day for the women,” Hamer said. “Steph was the highlight hitting a ‘PR’ in the mile. She's had a great year and it was great to see her rewarded with a great time.”
Senior Nicolette Mateescu (Kendall Park/South Brunswick) ran 17:19.39 in the 5000 meter after being tripped early in the race.
“Nikki was tripped in the 5k and was forced to run alone from seven laps as a result,” Hamer said. “It is really tough to recover from being tripped but I thought she showed great character and it is a testament to her desire that she got back up and finished strongly. It's a tough break but hopefully one that will make her stronger down the road.”
Competition concludes on Sunday.
The women are competing in the shot put, triple jump and DMR on Sunday and we are looking to better our fortunes and get some great results,” Hamer added.