Broncs Close out the Colonial Relays

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: April 01, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
WILLIAMSBURG, VA – The Rider University track and field team concluded the 52nd Annual Colonial Relays with strong individual performances on Saturday at Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field. In the final results after three days of action, the Bronc men finished in eighth-place with 31.50 points and the women ended up in 18th-place with 27.75 points.

Late Friday night, senior Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, PA/St. Basil's Academy) finished in 14th-place in the 5,000M run to close out the night for the Broncs with a time of 17:10.83.

In the men’s 4x800M relay, the Rider quarter of Isaiah Jean-Baptiste (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill HS East) , Brook Wilson (York, PA/Central York) , Tom Long (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) , and Sam Knipper (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) finished in eighth-place with a time of 7:48.08 to earn one point for Rider. On the day, they were the only Rider relay team to earn points.

In the women’s shot put, Rider freshman Ronetta Hunter (Burlington, NJ/Burlington Township) finished in sixth-place with a toss of 12.84M. Also in the throwing events, Ashley Berry (Somerset, NJ/Franklin) landed in fifth-place in the discus throw with a mark of 41.18M.  

Daria Chadwick (Summit, NJ/Summit) finished in seventh-place in the championship division of the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.65M.

NOTES & QUOTES
“We had an ok day today,” Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “This meet is a high caliber meet with some difficult competition.  We were not able to place high in many events, but we did have some good effort in some areas.”

“The men's 4x800 and distance medley relays were the only relays to score today,” Hamer added.  “Chadwick, Hunter and Berry were able to place in the championship section of their field events today, but we were very sporadic outside of these events.”
“We need to do a better job of rising to these challenges so we can compete for a championship in May,” Hamer noted. “This meet is necessary to prepare us for a two day championship meet and also to challenge us in ways that will help us improve moving forward.” 
- The Colonial Relays is a three-day event that runs from Thursday through Saturday, April 1. There are 62 women’s teams, 55 men’s teams and 65 total institutions taking part.

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The Broncs return to action next Saturday, April 8, hosing the one-day Rider Invite on campus. Last year, the Rider men finished in first-place at the event and the women came in second. 
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