Broncs Set to Host the MAAC Outdoor Championship on Saturday

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Release: May 04, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – After a strong weekend of performances at both the 123rd Penn Relays contested at Franklin Field in Philadelphia and the Lions Invitational hosted by neighboring TCNJ, the Rider University track and field team is set to compete in the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend.

The Broncs will host the two-day event with action set to get underway on Saturday, May 6, at 1:00 pm. The championships conclude on Sunday, May 7, with the final event starting around 4:00 pm.

“We are excited as always to host the MAAC Championships this weekend,” Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “It is a great opportunity to compete on our home track in front of our fans in one of our priority meets of the year. You are always judged by how you do in your conference so we are very focused for a great result this weekend. “

At last year's event, both the men and women finished in third-place as the Broncs hosted the event.

“Monmouth is loaded as they are every year, but we will be doing everything we can to compete with them in every event,” Hamer added. “Manhattan and Quinnipiac are also very good teams that will have the same hopes and dreams that we have heading into the meet.  You need to be very good in the events that you are strong in and you also need a bit of luck in some areas to help you along in the team scoring.  It is going to be a great track and field meet.”

In mid-February the Rider men made history, jumping from fourth to first-place on the final day of the MAAC Indoor Championships to earn their first-ever conference title. The Bronc women finished in second-place in the event.

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BRONCS TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND
Junior Sara Gardner (Holland Township, NJ/Mount St. Mary's/Delaware Valley) and senior Daria Chadwick (Summit, NJ/Summit) lead a very good hurdle group on the women's side and are looking to score big points for the Broncs.

Gardner has re-written the Rider record books this spring, setting a new University record with a time of 13.79 in the 100M hurdles last weekend at the Penn Relays. She was also part of the women's shuttle hurdle quartet along with Chadwick that set a new program record with a time of 56.72 as well. She has been named the MAAC Women's Track Performer of the Week twice during the outdoor season and has twice been named the Rider Female Athlete of the Month.

“Sara has had a great season so far and she will meet one of her biggest foes in Jessica Lee from Quinnipiac in the 100 hurdles,” Hamer noted. “It will be one of the must see races of the weekend.  Lee is a tremendous competitor like Sara so it will be two titans going head to head in a great match up.”

Chadwick is coming off a strong weekend of action at both TCNJ and Penn. She teamed with Gardner, Lexie Fraction (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) and Destiny Kearney (Toms River, NJ/Toms River HS South) to set a new Rider record in the women's shuttle hurdle. She also posted a second-place finish in the 100M hurdles at TCNJ with an ECAC-qualifying time of 14.36.

“Chadwick is such a fierce competitor and we will be counting on her for a multitude of points in several events,” Hamer said. “She is a multiple high jump champion in addition to her successes in the hurdles.  Daria is an athlete that you can always count on to step up for the team when we need it the most and we will need it this weekend.”

Freshman thrower Fidele Jules (Tinton Falls, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) is fresh off a record-setting weekend of action as well. Jules had a big week for the Broncs at both the 123rd Penn Relays contested at Franklin Field and the Lions Invitational hosted by neighboring TCNJ. Jules started the week by winning the college division of the shot put at Penn with a Rider record toss of 15.03M. The mark was also an ECAC qualifier. The next day, she won the discus throw at TCNJ with a throw of 42.10M. Jules has twice been named the MAAC Women's Field Performer of the Week in 2016-17.

“Fidele is coming off of a tremendous performance at Penn Relays and we will be relying on her and the rest of the throws group to provide some valuable points for the team,” Hamer added. “The shot put will be a very competitive event with several athletes having the opportunity to win.”

Senior Erik Adamcik (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon) looks to put an exclamation point on a stellar career at Rider this weekend. Adamcik, who has once been tabbed as the MAAC Men's Field Performer of the Week this year, has won gold in the pole vault two years in a row at the Outdoor Championships.

“Erik has been a steady MAAC Champion for us,” Hamer said. “He will be competing for his 5th title which is an amazing number of titles.”

Senior Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, PA/St. Basil's Academy) is the Broncs top distance runner entering the event. McGarrity has posted the eight-best time in program history in the 1,500M and she also has the fourth-fastest mark in the 5,000M.

“Meg was outstanding during the indoor MAAC meet and we will need a repeat of that effort this week,” Hamer added. “It will be more difficult this time, but I feel she is up to the task.  She has hit two home runs in the MAAC meets already this year so we are confident that Meg will be up to the task at hand.”

Senior Johnathan Jackson (Roselle, NJ/Magnet) is looking to repeat as the conference champion in the 800M after winning gold in last year's finals. In 2016-17, he has twice been tabbed as the MAAC Men's Track Performer of the Week.

“Jackson has been a stellar MAAC performer for us over the last calendar year and we will be counting on him to lead a strong 800 meter contingent this weekend,” Hamer noted.

Junior Tyree Adams (Hamilton, NJ/Hamilton West) is looking to carry over his success from the 2017 MAAC Indoor Championships this weekend. At the event in mid-February, he became the first major award winner for the Rider men since 2011 as he was named the Men's Field Most Outstanding Performer thanks to winning the long jump with a mark of 7.55M, landing in fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump.

“Tyree had an incredible indoor championship and he needs to bottle that up and deliver again this week,” Hamer said. “He is very talented and we need that to shine in this meet.”
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