Rider Competes on Day Two of the Colonial Relays

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: March 31, 2017
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Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
WILLAMSBURG, VA – The Rider University track and field team received strong performances in wet and windy conditions on Friday in the second day of the 52nd Annual Colonial Relays at Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field.

Junior Sara Gardner (Holland Township, NJ/Mount St. Mary's/Delaware Valley) continued the torrid start to her outdoor campaign, taking home a second-place finish in the 100M hurdles with a Rider record time of 13.99. She finished just .10 seconds behind the winner and earned eight points for the Broncs. In the same event, Daria Chadwick (Summit, NJ/Summit) ended up in fifth-place with a time of 14.79 to pick up four points.

Rider also had a strong showing in the men’s 110M hurdles with two Broncs finishing inside the top-four. Nate Bowie (Matawan, NJ/Matawan) came in third at 14.65 and just edged out Devon Jefferson (Franklin Park, NJ/Franklin) who finished in fourth with a time of 15.00. Bowie earned six points for Rider and Jefferson added another five to the team’s total with their performances.

Junior Tyree Adams (Hamilton, NJ/Hamilton West) picked up where he left off in the indoor season, finishing in second-place in the long jump with a leap of 6.78M. He finished point .05M ahead of the third-place student-athlete to rack up eight points for Rider. In the same event, Avery Killiebrew (Carney's Point, NJ/Penns Grove) finished in a tie for seventh with a leap of 6.02M to earn 1.50 points for the Broncs.

Freshman Asia Young (Pleasantville, NJ/Holy Spirit) ended in seventh-place in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.40M to earn two points for Rider early in the day.

NOTES & QUOTES
“I was proud of the way the team competed in what at times was very challenging conditions due to the weather,” Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “We always try to teach them to control the things that they can control and not worry about the things that we cannot control.  We can always control our effort and that is what we focus on.  We had very good effort in many areas today and we are looking forward to Saturday.”

“Gardner breaking the record in the hurdles was a huge performance,” Hamer added. “Sara is very talented and definitely had the ability to break the record, but she did so in not really great conditions.  It is a testament to her character that she just shrugs off the obstacles and takes care of business. She is off to a great start this season and there are many more accolades and accomplishments for her to achieve later in the season.”

“The men's hurdlers had a really good day lead by Bowie finishing 3rd and getting the IC4A mark again,” Hamer noted. “The race was not very fast, but I was really proud of how the men battled tough conditions and still competed at a very high level.”

Tyree Adams is a really good competitor and that showed again today with his finish in the long jump,” Hamer said. “He beat some good jumpers today in a difficult environment.”

- The Colonial Relays is a three-day event hosted by William & Mary that runs from Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1. There are 62 women’s teams, 55 men’s teams and 65 total institutions taking part.
- All top-8 finished in the championship events earn points. 
- Gardner continues to re-write the Bronc record books as she now has school records in both the 60M hurdles (Indoor) and the 100M hurdles (outdoor). Her Rider record time of 13.99 on Friday was also an ECAC-qualifier. 
- Bowie’s time in the 110M hurdles was an IC4A-qualifying mark.
- Rider was the only school to place three runners in the top-10 in the women’s 100M hurdles. Lexie Fraction came in ninth with a time of 14.99. 
- The Broncs also placed three runners in the top-six in the men’s 100M hurdles as Christin Patrick landed in sixth with a time of 15.11. 
- Johnathan Jackson finished in 12th in the 800M run with an IC4A qualifying time of 1:52.87.

UP NEXT
Rider concludes the 2017 Colonial Relays with another full day of action on Saturday, April 1. 
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