Rider Competes at Both TCNJ and the Penn Relays on Saturday

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: April 29, 2017
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Courtesy: Rider Sports Information

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The Rider University track and field team concluded action at the 123rd Penn Relays on Saturday at Franklin Field. The Broncs also had student-athletes competing in the Lions Invitational hosted by neighboring TCNJ.

In both Ewing and Philadelphia, Rider received strong performances as the team competed for the final time ahead of next week's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship.

At TCNJ, senior Daria Chadwick (Summit, NJ/Summit) finished second amongst collegiate competitors in the 100M hurdles with a time of 14.36. David Gaynor (Paterson, NJ/Passaic County Vo Tech.) won the shot put event with a toss of 15.66M. He also finished fourth in the discus throw with a mark of 49.66M.

The Rider throwers were dominant at TCNJ, highlighted by the Broncs placing four in the top-five in the women's discus throw. Freshman Fidele Jules (Tinton Falls, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) won the event with a throw of 42.10M, while Ashley Berry (Somerset, NJ/Franklin) came in second, Alexis Pignataro (Mount Olive, NJ/Mount Olive) landed in fourth and Ronetta Hunter (Burlington, NJ/Burlington Township) came in fifth.  

The Broncs also got a strong showing on the men's side in sprint hurdles with Christin Patrick (East Orange, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) and Devon Jefferson (Franklin Park, NJ/Franklin) finishing second and third, respectively, in the 110M hurdles. Patrick posted an IC4A-qualfying time of 14.86 and Jefferson crossed the finish line at 14.98.

At the Penn Relays, junior Sara Gardner (Holland Township, NJ/Mount St. Mary's/Delaware Valley) finished eighth in the 100M hurdles with a time of 13.85.

“Sara went out and found today what she will need to do to compete with the best,” Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “She competed admirably today, but you need to be flawless with this type of competition. Sara will make the necessary corrections and the next time she will be much better. This was a valuable learning experience for her on the pathway to even greater things.”

“The 4x800 was pretty average at Penn,” Hamer added.  “We had higher expectations today with the accomplishments of the group that we brought. Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call going into MAACs that we need to bring it when it's required.”

“Daria really had a great weekend by getting the ECAC qualifier in the 100H,” Hamer noted. “She has stepped up just when we need her the most going into the championship portion of the season.”

- Freshman Fidele Jules set a new Rider University in the shot put on day one of the Penn Relays. Her toss of 15.03M was also an ECAC qualifier.
- In the Women's Shuttle Hurdles Championship, the Bronc quartet of Daria Chadwick, Sara Gardner, Lexie Fraction and Destiny Kearney set a new Rider record by nearly four seconds on Friday at Penn.
- 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, with her time in Friday's qualifying heats at Penn.
- Chadwick's time in the 100M hurdles at TCNJ was an ECAC qualifier.
- Gardner's time of 13.85 in the 100M hurdles at Penn was also an ECAC qualifier.  
- Jefferson also finished fifth in the 400M hurdles at TCNJ with a time of 56.06.
- Naomi Clarke was fourth in the 100M dash at TCNJ with a time of 12.43.
- Mackenzie Greenfield landed in fifth in the 1,500M run at TCNJ, posting a time of 4:51.32.
- Ashley Berry continued her strong outdoor season with a second-place finish in the shot put at TCNJ thanks to a throw of 13.26M.
- Berry and Karoline Sandvig finished first and second in the hammer throw at TCNJ. Sandvig won the event with a toss of 49.73M and Berry landed in second at 46.69M.
- Daniella Izzo came in fourth in the pole vault at TCNJ with a mark of 3.40M.

Rider returns to action next weekend, May 6-7, hosting and competing in the 2017 MAAC Championships on campus. At the event last spring, both the Bronc men and women finished in third-place overall.  

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