College Cross Country
Rider at Paul Short
BETHLEHEM, PA-- The Broncs competed in the 39th Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University Friday. "The women ran well but the men did not," said Rider head coach Bob Hamer.
The Rider men, competing in the College Gold 8K race, placed 30th of 37. The men's Gold race featured several nationally ranked teams, including No. 15 Georgetown, No. 17 Princeton, No. 22 Villanova and No. 28 Columbia as well as eight of the top 15 Mid-Atlantic Region teams including No. 11 host Lehigh. Rider came in ranked 13th in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Villanova won the race.
"We chose to run in the Gold race because we have a veteran team this year with almost everyone back from last year," Hamer said, "but today we just didn't bring it."
The Rider women, competing in the College Gold 6K race, placed 35th of 40 teams. In the women's race, three of the top 10 nationally-ranked teams competed led by No. 4 Georgetown, No. 7 Providence and No. 9 Villanova as well as 11 of the top 15 Mid-Atlantic Region teams. Cornell won the race.
For the Rider men, sophomore Anthony Dentino (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) placed 65th among the 332 runners, covering the Goodman Campus 8,000m course in 25:07. "That's a minute faster than last year for him," Hamer said, "but he did not run up to his potential today."
For the Rider women, senior Megan Elgin (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East) placed 121st among the 360 runners in 22:22.
"That's a new Rider record for this course," Hamer said. "Megan ran a great race, although she struggled in the second half. Overall the women ran really well. They went out and were competitive."
Senior Paige McAtee (Massapequa, NY/Massapequa) was the second Bronc to finish, 192nd overall in 23:05. Senior Nicole Tassello (Suffern, NY/Suffern) was 199th in 23:11, sophomore Emily Ritter (Milsboro, DE/Sussex Tech) was 207th in 23:18, senior Jillian Shutt (Lawrenceville, PA/Williamson) was 215th in 23:22, freshman Nicolette Mateescu (Kendell Park, NJ/South Brunswick) was 225th in 23:36 and senior Erin Fitzgibbons (Sayreville, NJ/Sayreville) was 251st in 24:23.
Also for the men, sophomore Nasser Zayer (Staten Island, NY/St. Peter's) was the second Bronc to finish, 128th overall in 25:49 and junior Corey O'Neill (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) was 177th in 26:09.
"I think Nas and Corey both had very solid days today," Hamer said. "They ran competitive races."
Senior Sean Donohue (Cliffwood Beach, NJ/Matawan) was 226th in 26:49, freshman Sam Knipper (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) was 240th in 27:07, senior Sean McCullough (Plymouth Meeting, PA/La Salle) was 245th in 27:16 and junior Billy Hackmeister (Coatesville, PA/Coatesville) finished 248th in 27:28.
The Paul Short Run featured eight college races, four for men and four for women.
In the Men's Open 8K, sophomore Evan Cornell (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) placed 95th among the 394 runners in 26:56, freshman Tom McLaughlin (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.) was 127th in 27:17, freshman Jon Knipper (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) was 170th in 27:41 and sophomore Derek Lake (Middletown, NY/Pine Bush) was 178th in 27:47.
Sophomore Ariel Caceres (Union City, NJ) was 203rd in 28:01, sophomore Dylan Hallahan (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional) was 215th in 28:09, junior Matt Sampson (Manasquan, NJ/Manasquan) was 256th in 28:40, freshman Gage Fox (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.) was 257th in 28:43 and sophomore Nick Bencivenga (Edison, NJ/J.P. Stevens) was 287th in 29:13.
In the Women's Open 6K, sophomore Josephine Boyle (Pleasant Valley, NY/Arlington) placed 97th of the 293 runners in 23:58. Junior Katie Williams (Franklin, NJ/Wallkill Valley) was 144th in 24:48, freshman Stephanie Welte (Philadelphia, PA/St. Basil's) was 176th in 25:18 and freshman Vanessa Rappold (Coplay, PA/Allentown Central Catholic) finished 189th in 25:25.
The Broncs run again October 13 at the Princeton Invitational. "It will be a challenging field at Princeton," Hamer said. "We're excited to be able to compete in that competition. Hopefully we'll be a lot better than we were today."