Rider Ends the MAAC Outdoor Championship on a High Note
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The Rider University track and field team closed out the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Outdoor Championships on a strong note on Sunday afternoon on campus in front of a home crowd. Both the Bronc men and women saw lots of medal-winning performances on the second-day of the two-day event.
The Rider women remained in second-place and finished the championships with 139.50 points. The Broncs finished eight and a half points ahead of third-place Manhattan. On the women's side, Monmouth took home the conference crown with 267 points.
The Rider men moved up from fifth-place to end the championships in second-place with 194.50 points. The Broncs finished 30.5 points behind first-place Monmouth and 25 points in front of third-place Manhattan.
The Broncs earned a major award and saw a program record fall on Sunday.
Rider had a strong showing in the relay events, bring home gold on the men's side in the 4x100m, 4x800m and the 4x400m. The Rider quartet of Mike Cephas (Vineland, NJ/Vineland), Marquan Jones (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken), Tyrell Jackson (Neptune, NJ/Neptune) and Alvin Abraham (Egg Harbor, NJ/Egg Harbor Township) won the 4x100 with a time of 42.24, which was just .40 faster than second-place Manhattan. In the 4x800, Anthony Ardino (Bloomfield, NJ/Bloomfield), Brook Wilson (York, PA/Central York), Scott Wood (Florence, NJ/Holy Cross) and Johnathan Jackson (Roselle, NJ/Magnet) won by nearly two seconds over the second-place team from Marist. To close out the MAAC Championships, the 4x400 team of Christopher Reubel (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown), Abraham, Russell Malko (Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon Central) and Brian Calderaro (Massapequa, NY/Univ. of Hartford/John F. Kennedy) won the event by almost four seconds over second-place Monmouth.
Junior Sara Gardner (Holland Township, NJ/Mount St. Mary's/Delaware Valley) and senior Daria Chadwick (Summit, NJ/Summit) finished second and third, respectively, in the women's 100m hurdles to earn 14 points for Rider. Garner crossed the finish line at 13.87, just .09 seconds behind first-place and MAAC record-setter Jessica Lee, while Chadwick posted a time of 14.22.
On the men's side, the Broncs had a strong showing in the 110m hurdles as Christin Patrick (East Orange, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) and Devon Jefferson (Franklin Park, NJ/Franklin) took home gold and silver, respectively. Patrick won the event with a time of 14.68, while Jefferson landed in second at 14.88.
In the women's discus throw, the Broncs got 18 points from the duo of Ashley Berry (Somerset, NJ/Franklin) and Fidele Jules (Tinton Falls, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) as they finished first and second. Berry won gold in the event with a throw of 44.35m and Jules took home silver with a toss of 43.01m. Jules was honored after competition ended as the MAAC Women's Field Rookie of the Meet.
Junior David Gaynor (Paterson, NJ/Passaic County Vo Tech.) placed fourth in the men's shot put for Rider with a toss of 15.80m.
Sophomore Destiny Kearney (Toms River, NJ/Toms River HS South) brought home gold in the women's triple jump with a leap of 11.99m.
Johnathan Jackson took home gold in the 800m with a time of 1:50.60 to repeat at the champion in the event. He topped the second-place finisher in the event by nearly two seconds. Also in the 800m, Tom Long (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) finished fifth with a time of 1:54.32.
Jefferson and Chris Alexander (Eatontown, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) finished second and third, respectively, in the men's 400m hurdles. Jefferson had a time of 54.76 and Alexander crossed the finish line at 55.18.
Senior Erik Adamcik (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon) ended his stellar career with another MAAC title as he won the pole vault with a new Rider record 4.92m. He won the pole vault at the outdoor championship three years in a row and it marked his sixth MAAC gold medal.
NOTES & QUOTES
“We had a very good meet,” Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “I am happy that we were able to finish 2nd on both sides. We had many great performances today and I was really happy for the way that many of our athletes responded in a championship environment. On the men's side, we had a few events where we did not get the necessary points that we felt we should get and it hurt us overall in the team standings. Monmouth is a great team and they do not roll over and die in any way. We needed to be our best in every event in order to beat them and unfortunately, we were not our best in all events today.”
“The men did a great job to win all three relays,” Hamer added. “We always pride ourselves with team accomplishments and relays provide an opportunity for us to showcase that aspect of our program. I was very proud of the men for sweeping the relays.”
“Fidele Jules being named the meet's outstanding rookie field performer is a great honor for her,” Hamer noted. “She had a great meet as a freshman and really stepped up in three events to help the team. She has a bright future and this championship was an indicator of exactly that.”
“Johnathan Jackson stepped up again to put to win a pair of MAAC titles,” Hamer stated. “He has been a great performer for us in championship meets the last two years and I am very proud of how much he has grown as a competitor. He is someone that I can always count on to bring it when we need him to.”
“Adamcik had a great day winning his fifth MAAC pole vault title in convincing fashion,” Hamer said. “He has been great in the MAAC meet and it was great to see him end his MAAC career on such a high note.”
“It was great to see Kearney win the triple jump,” Hamer added. “She has improved so much this year and she is a really great competitor. She was disappointed in her hurdle race and shook it off to jump really well today.”
“Berry has had a tough season dealing with an injury, but she found a way to win the discus,” Hamer noted. “It is always difficult to defend your title and it is a testament to her competitiveness and grit that she was able to find a way to win today.”
- Both the Rider men and women improved on last season's third-place finishes.
- Chadwick and Gardner opened the day earning points for the team in the high jump. Chadwick finished second after clearing 1.65m and Gardner landed in a tie for sixth with a mark of 1.60m. Chadwick added a seventh-place finish in the 400m hurdles, while Gardner finished eighth in the same event.
- Rider had three student-athletes earn points in the men's triple jump. Allen Killiebrew finished in fifth at 14.26m, Tyree Adams ended up in sixth at 14.19m and Kyle Bryant landed in seventh at 13.78m. The trio accounted for nine points.
- Marcell Brown finished eighth in the men's shot put with a toss 14.41m.
- Brad Kaufmann finished eighth in the men's 5,000m with a new PR time of 15:04.48.
- Alexis Pignataro placed seventh in the women's discus throw with a toss of 41.00m.
- Lindsay Bauer and Jennifer Mauer finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the women's triple jump. Bauer posted a mark of 11.07m and Mauer recorded a leap of 10.97.
- Rider placed three competitors in the top-seven in the men's high jump. Christin Patrick landed in third with a leap of 2.02m, Kyle Bryant ended up in a tie for fourth at 1.97m and Tyree Adams finished in seventh at 1.92m.
- Danniel Belay finished fourth in the 1,500m run with a time of 3:58.04.
- Lexie Fraction finished sixth in the 100m hurdles and Kerney ended up in eighth. Fraction had a time of 14.90 and Kearney crossed the finish line at 15.21.
- Chris Alexander finished fifth in the 110m hurdles and Juan Baxter landed in eighth in the event.
- Jules and Berry also finished second and fourth, respectively, in the women's shot put. Jules posted a mark of 13.50m and Berry registered a toss of 12.72m.
- Rider had three runners finish in the top-five in the men's 400m. Calderaro came in second with a time of 49.28, Malko landed in fourth at 49.40 and Abraham was fifth with a time of 49.46.
- The Rider women placed three runners in the top-eight in the 100m dash, highlighted by Cheyenne Churchville finishing sixth with a time of 12.57.
- Cephas and Tyrell Jackson finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 100m dash. Cephas had a time of 11.16 and Jackson crossed the finish line at 11.22.
- Asia Young finished sixth in the women's 200m dash with a time of 26.21.
- Abraham landed in fourth in the men's 200m dash, while Marquan Jones finished sixth in the event and Cephas came in seventh.
- Darius Marrow added a fourth-place finish for Rider in the men's discus throw.
- Garrett Camp finished fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.40m.
Rider will send student-athletes to the ECAC/IC4A Outdoor Championships at neighboring Princeton May-12-14.