Broncs at Princeton Invitational
College Cross Country
Rider at Princeton Invitational
PRINCETON, NJ—The Rider cross country teams competed at the Princeton Invitational Saturday morning.
The Rider men finished 16th of 23 teams. Columbia won the men’s race. “The men ran really well today,” said Rider head coach Bob Hamer. “This was our best performance up to date this year.”
The Rider women were 18th of 22 teams. The Iona women won the race. “The women will have to do better at the conference meet than we did today,” Hamer said.
For the Rider women, senior Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, PA/St. Basil’s Academy) finished 10th of 215 runners, covering the 6,000m course in 21:43.3. “Meg ran a tremendous race against some really good runners,” Hamer said. “I think today was her best race of the season because it was against such great competition.”
The Rider men were led by junior Danniel Belay (Gaithersburg, MD), who finished 39th of 225 runners, covering the 8,000m course in 24:57.6 and junior Mike Pinnola (Manalapan, NJ/Colts Neck) was 48th in 25:02.7. “Dan and Mike ran really well,” Hamer said. “That’s the best race Pinnola has run. He executed the race plan really well. And Dan finished strong today, stronger than two weeks ago at Paul Short, and he was rewarded with a good result.”
Senior Brad Kaufmann (East Meadow, NY) was 89th in 25:36.2.
Also for the Rider women, junior Rae Santora (Douglasville, PA/Daniel Boone) was 98th in 23:33.6, sophomore Katie Chinery (Whiting, NJ/Manchester Twp.) was 103rd in 23:40.0, freshman Mackenzie Greenfield (Old Forge, PA/Holy Cross) was 108th in 23:55.1, sophomore Gabriella Vassalotti (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) was 126th in 25:56.7 and freshman Kristin Siegle (Estell Manor, NJ/Buena Regional) was 132nd in 26:57.5.
Also for the Rider men, senior Connor Szwetkowski (Middletown, DE/Caravel Academy) was 112th in 26:10.0, junior David Paduani (Egg Harbor, NJ) was 113th in 26:10.3, freshman Isaiah Jean-Baptiste (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) was 117th in 26:18.0 and sophomore Connor Riley (Madison, NJ) was 119th in 26:25.7.
The Broncs will now travel to Florida for the MAAC Championships October 29. “We’re as ready as we’re going to be for the conference championships,” Hamer said. “We set up our training for the MAACs and in two weeks we are going to be okay.”