Gardner Sets a New Rider Record at Princeton

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: April 22, 2017
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Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The Rider University track and field team closed competition at both the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton and contested at Weaver Stadium and the Widener Invitational hosted by the Pride and contested at  Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium on Saturday afternoon. On the second day of the two-day events, the Broncs saw strong performances in both the Garden State and the Keystone State, highlighted by a new program record.

Sophomore Brook Wilson (York, PA/Central York) finished fourth in the 800M run at Princeton with a mark of 1:53.77.

Junior thrower Karoline Sandvig (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor Plainsboro HS South) finished 12th for the Broncs in the hammer throw with a toss of 53.78M. Classmate Sara Gardner (Holland Township, NJ/Mount St. Mary's/Delaware Valley) continued her breakout outdoor campaign by winning the 100M hurdles at Princeton with a new Rider University record time of 13.90.

NOTES & QUOTES
“We had a decent day today,”Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “Sara Gardner was the highlight winning the 100 hurdles and breaking her own Rider record.  She is on a big time roll right now. If she can get in a race where the weather is a bit warmer, I really believe that she can fly. She has been consistently very good and she improved greatly from the prelims to the finals which is a really good sign.”

“Sandvig had another nice day in the hammer throw to get the win at Widener,” Hamer added. “She has been consistently throwing at a very high level for her right now. She has a lot of momentum heading into the championship portion of the season.”

Brook Wilson ran a nice race in the 800 to get the IC4A qualifier,” Hamer noted. “He missed most of the indoor and a bit of the beginning of outdoor season due to injury but he is in good form right now. We just need to improve his fitness and he could really run a fast time.”

“The Larry Ellis meet is a meet with top flight competition and I believe that we handled ourselves well in that environment,” Hamer said. “The weather likely affected some times, distances, and marks but everyone else had to deal with it. The real comparison is our places and we did place well in many events.  We need to keep growing over the next two weeks so we can be at our best at MAACs.”

- On Tuesday, sophomore thrower Ashley Berry was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women’s Field Performer of the Week. It marked the second time this year that she earned the honor. 
- Gardner set the a new University for the second time this month during the outdoor season. Her mark in the 100M hurdles was an ECAC-qualifier. 
- Sandvig’s toss in the hammer was an ECAC-qualifying throw.
- Wilson crossed the finish line with and IC4A-qualfying time in the 800M.

UP NEXT
Rider returns to action next week competing in the 123rd Penn Relays. The three-day event gets underway on Thursday, April 27.
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