Records Fall Again for Rider on Day Two of the Penn Relays

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: April 28, 2017
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Courtesy: Rider Sports Information

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Rider University track and field team continued action at the 123rd Penn Relays on Friday at Franklin Field. On the second day of the three-day event, the Broncs set a pair of University records thanks to strong performances. Over the past two days, the team has set three new program bests at the prestigious event.  

Rider finished fifth overall in 4x100M Women's Shuttle Hurdles Championship. The Bronc quartet of senior Daria Chadwick (Summit, NJ/Summit) , junior Sara Gardner (Holland Township, NJ/Mount St. Mary's/Delaware Valley) , junior Lexie Fraction (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) and sophomore Destiny Kearney (Toms River, NJ/Toms River HS South) ended with a new Rider record time of 56.72. The new mark breaks the old record by nearly four seconds.

Gardner wasn't content with breaking one Rider record on the day as she carried over her success to the 100M hurdles. She continued to re-write the program record books, finishing eighth overall in the timed heats with a mark of 13.79. She ran faster than any other MAAC competitor on the day.

NOTES & QUOTES
“The women hurdlers had a record-breaking day today,” Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “The key in the relays is to always have a great lead off to get you in the race and Chadwick did exactly that. She has been off a bit during the outdoor season, but today she was great and once you get things rolling it's easy for the others to follow suit. Fraction ran a nice race and I'm hopeful that this will give her the necessary confidence for some great results at the MAAC Championship.”  

“Gardner came back about 20 minutes later to set the 100 hurdle record of 13.79,” Hamer added. “Sara was very impressive today. She continues to shine under the bright lights and to advance to the Saturday final is a great opportunity for her to compete against some of the best NCAA hurdlers.”

“The men's Distance Medley Relay ran a solid race with Calderaro running a great 47.9 400 meter leg,” Hamer noted. “Brian is a guy who just shows up every day, works hard and gives you everything on race day. He exemplifies everything that we desire in our athletes. I am really excited for him after this race today.”

“Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day with some jumping events early, then Gardner and the 4x800 relay in the afternoon,” Hamer said. “We really need to take advantage of these opportunities tomorrow.”  

- Freshman Fidele Jules set a new Rider University in the shot put on day one of the event. Her toss of 15.03M was also an ECAC qualifier.
- On day one, Brad Kaufmann posted a new personal best and IC4A-qualifying time in the 3,000M Steeplechase.
- In the Women's Shuttle Hurdles Championship, Chadwick ran her leg in 13.96, Gardner ran hers in 14.08, Fraction's split was a team-best 13.82 and Kearney's time was 14.70.
- Gardner, the reigning MAAC Women's Track Performer of the Week, set a new Rider record in the 100M hurdles for the second straight week, topping her time from last weekend by .01 seconds.

UP NEXT
Rider concludes the 123rd Penn Relays on Saturday, April 29. The Broncs will also send competitors to the Lions Invitational hosted by neighboring TCNJ.

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