College Track and Field
at Rider/Lafayette Winter Games
Ransome and Hummel set Rider records, Roberts ties Rider record
NEW YORK, N.Y.--Snow wasn't the only thing falling in New York on Friday evening as the Rider University men's and women's track and field teams hosted the Rider/Lafayette Invitational with the Leopards.
Three Rider records also fell in the meet at the 168th Street Armory in New York.
"It is always exciting to host a meet," said head coach Bob Hamer who spent the last four days handling logistics and cancelations due to the impending snow storm. "It was challenging for our staff but I feel great that we gave so many teams the opportunity to compete. After other meets had to cancel, we felt an additional obligation and responsibility to try and put on the meet. With the teams that competed, we were able to put forth a high quality event."
For the Rider women, junior Rhea Phipps (Basking Ridge/Ridge) won the weight throw, reaching an ECAC qualifying mark of 17.51.
For the Rider men, senior David Hightower (Easton, Pa/Easton) won the 60-meter hurdles in IC4A qualifying time of 8.18. Sophomore George Solujich (East Windsor/Notre Dame) won the shot put, reaching 15.99m. Hightower also placed third in the 200-meter dash (22.62).
Also for the Rider women, freshman Dashana Ransome (Irvington) set a new Rider record in the long jump, reaching 5.67 meters and placing fourth. Ransome also placed second in the 60-meter hurdles, running an 8.85.
"Dashana had a great meet," said Hamer. "She has not had tons of opportunities to long jump so to break the record is great. And the second place finish in the hurdles, she really had a great meet."
Freshman Madeline Hummel (Marlton/Holy Cross) was seventh in the 800-meter run, clocking a Rider record time of 2:15.77.
Freshman Miranda Roberts (Sewell/Washington Twp.) tied the Rider record in the pole vault, reaching 3.30m and placing seventh.
"For Hummel to get a record in an event that she is new at was exciting," Hamer said. "As she continues to learn and compete in the event, she is going to be special. And Miranda tying the record in the pole vault is great as she overcame some early struggles in December. She has been jumping great in the last month."
Also for the Rider men, sophomore Andrew Pozo (Forked River/Toms River South) finished second in the men's weight throw, reaching an IC4A qualifying mark of 16.13m. Senior James Burroughs (West Orange) finished second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.31.
Also for the Rider women, Junior Treasure Burke (Pennsauken/Camden Catholic) finished in third place in the weight throw, reaching an ECAC qualifying mark of 16.76m.
For the men, Junior Joseph Carlin (Staten Island, N.Y./Staten Island Tech) ran an IC4A qualifying time of 1:05.07 in the 500-meter dash and placed third. Senior Greg Wesh (Hatboro Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) placed fifth in the 1-mile run (4:13.02) in IC4A qualifying time.
"Greg ran a really nice mile tonight," Hamer said. "We are excited to see what he does during the championships as he is fully healthy and running great."
The Rider men and women will run in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships (MAAC) Championships next Friday at the New Balance Armory in New York.