Rider Opens the Outdoor Season at the Penn Challenge

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: March 25, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Rider University track and field team opened its 2017 outdoor slate by competing in the one-day Penn Challenge hosted by the University of Pennsylvania and contested at Franklin Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bronc women finished third overall with 84 points, while the Rider men landed in fifth with 65 points.

Highlighting the day for the Broncs was Sara Gardner (Holland Township, NJ/Mount St. Mary's/Delaware Valley) with a first-place finish in the 100M hurdles with a time of 14.18. Also finishing in first was Asia Young (Pleasantville, NJ/Holy Spirit) in the long jump with a leap of 5.64M.

For the throwers, Karoline Sandvig (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor Plainsboro HS South) and David Gaynor (Paterson, NJ/Passaic County Vo Tech.) had strong individual performances. Sandvig finished fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.51M, while Gaynor ended up in fifth in the discus throw, posting a mark of 48.28M.

“We had a decent start to the outdoor season with some wins, ECAC/IC4A qualifying performances and some personal bests,” Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “The weather was great for the first half of the meet and it definitely provided some opportunities for us to get some really good marks.  This meet will give us some confidence and a starting point to work on the things that we need to improve on over the next few weeks.

Sara Gardner picked up where she left off during the indoor by picking up the win in the 100 hurdles,” Hamer added. “She beat some really good hurdlers today and it was a great start to the outdoor season.”

“Asia Young was able to win the long jump on her last attempt which tells us a lot about her as a freshman,” Hamer noted. “She is a big time competitor.”

Sandvig and Gaynor lead the way for the throwers today,” Hamer said. “The long throws were definitely a highlight for that group today.  They wait all year to get outside to throw in those events and they took advantage of that today.

- Gardner’s time in the 100M hurdles was an ECAC-qualifier.
- Chadwick’s mark in the high jump was an ECAC-qualifier.
- Sandvig’s toss in the hammer throw was an ECAC-qualifier.
- Danniel Belay had an IC4A qualifying time in the 1,500 at 3:53.37
- Nate Bowie had an IC4A qualifying in the 100 M hurdles with a time of 14.46. He also finished second overall.
- Gaynor’s toss in the discus was an IC4A qualifier.
- The Rider 4x100M relay quartet posted an IC4A qualifying time of 42.33.

Rider returns to action next weekend, March 30-31, traveling to Virginia to compete in the 52nd Annual Berkeley Relays Colonial Relays hosted by William & Mary and contested at Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field. 
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