College Cross Country
Rider at NCAA Regional
STATE COLLEGE, PA-The Broncs competed at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships Friday, hosted by Penn State.
The Rider women placed a best-ever 17th of 31 teams and the Rider men were 15th of 25 teams.
"I thought we could have cracked the top 15 with the women," said head coach Bob Hamer, "but this was the best we ever did here so that's great."
For the Rider women, senior Megan Elgin (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East) placed 35th overall of the 215 runners, covering the 6,000m course in a time of 21:45, the best finish ever for a Bronc at the Regional.
"Meg ran just an outstanding race," said Hamer. "She was up as high as the top 25 with about 1,000 meters to go. I was really proud of her effort. She executed the plan perfectly and ran an outstanding race."
Elgin placed 80th last year.
For the Rider men, sophomore Anthony Dentino (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) placed 31st of the 170 runners, covering the 10,000m course in 31:12. "Anthony ran a great race," Hamer said. "He was in the top pack (top 40) the entire race. He struggled a bit around the four-mile mark but he battled back. He did a great job to finish 31st."
Last year Dentino finished 59th of 183 runners, covering the 10,000 meter course in 32:02.
Also for the Rider men, senior Sean Donohue (Cliffwood Beach, NJ/Matawan) placed 78th in 32:24, sophomore Nasser Zayer (Staten Island, NY/St. Peter's) placed 92nd in 32:47 and senior Sean McCullough (Plymouth Meeting, PA/La Salle) placed 100th in 33:04.
"We executed the first part of the race effectively," Hamer said, "but the race got away from us about the 5k mark and we weren't able to have a second runner until 78th. I think we are a better team than 15th but that's what happens sometimes."
Junior Corey O'Neill (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) was 103rd in 33:12, sophomore Evan Cornell (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) was 115th in 33:35 and junior Billy Hackmeister (Coatesville, PA/Coatesville) was 119th in 33:43.
"Emily and Nicole ran very well," Hamer said, "giving us a nice two-three."
"Unfortunately those two did not have their best days today," Hamer said.
Last year the Regional was held at Maryland Eastern Shore, with the Rider men placing a best-ever 12th of 25 teams and the women finishing 18th of 29 teams.
Rider competes at the IC4A/ECAC Championships at Van Cortlandt State Park in the Bronx November 17. Rider ran at Van Cortlandt two months ago.
"That will be another great opportunity for us to compete," Hamer said. "The women get to run a 5K on the same course they ran earlier this year so it gives them a chance to see how much they improved. The men, I think, still have something to prove, with individuals trying to finish in the top 25 to earn All-East. We will also see teams that we saw today and hopefully we can come back and beat some of the ones that beat us today."