Rider Opens Competition at the Bison Outdoor Classic

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: April 14, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
LEWISBURG, PA – The Rider University track and field team competed on the first day of the Bison Outdoor Classic on Friday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

Senior Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, PA/St. Basil's Academy) had a solid opening night for the Broncs, setting a new PR in the 1,500M run with a time of 4:40.29. She ended the race in 49th.

Sophomore distance runner Connor Riley (Madison, NJ/Madison) had a strong showing on Friday, winning his heat in 5,000M run with a mark of 15:08.19. After crossing the finish line first in the 32-player heat, he came in 42nd overall in the finals.

NOTES & QUOTES
“We had a decent night tonight at Bucknell,” Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “The purpose of this meet is to get PRs and qualifiers and we had some of those tonight. Brad Kaufmann ran a very nice race to finally get the IC4A qualifier. He has been so close many times and tonight was finally that race. He still has a ways to go but this race will give him some confidence moving forward.”

“Riley ran a great race to win his 5k heat in a huge 45 second PR,” Hamer added. “He followed the race plan perfectly by being patient early and then taking a risk in the last third of the race. It is really great to see him have that breakthrough after struggling through some injuries.”

“We are looking forward to continuing this momentum into tomorrow,” Hamer stated.

- Brad Kaufmann finished 13th in the 3,000M steeple chase with an IC4A-qualifying time of 9:17.18.  

UP NEXT
Rider wraps up the two-day Bison Outdoor Classic hosted by Bucknell on Saturday, April 15. The Broncs are also sending competitors to Chester Quarry Classic hosted by Widener University and being contested at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium.
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