Broncs Runner-Up in MAAC Track Championship

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Release: February 15, 2013
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College Track & Field

Rider Second at MAAC Championships

NEW YORK, NY-Both the Rider men and women placed second at the 2012-13 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at the New Balance Center at The Armory Friday evening.

"To be honest I'm disappointed," said Rider head coach Bob Hamer. "We had high expectations. We're a team that has more talent than what we showed tonight. Overall, we just didn't have enough."

It marked the fourth straight year that the Rider men placed runner-up to 18-time champion and host Manhattan. The women improved from a fourth place finish last winter. "I was really excited with the fact that the women are back in the hunt," Hamer said, "but we really thought we had a chance to win. I am definitely happy with the progress."

For the women, freshman Daria Chadwick (Summit, NJ) won the high jump (5'5") and senior Mia Riley (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) won the shot put (41'1.5").

Freshman La'tazah Coleman (Middletown, DE/Appoquinimink) placed second in the 60m with a Rider record time of 7.65, placed second in the 200m (24.75), third in the high jump (5'3") and sixth in the 60m hurdles (9.06). "La'tazah had a great meet," Hamer said, "but there were some areas she probably could have done better. We do ask a lot of her."

Coleman also anchored the second place 4 x 400 relay team of sophomore Ashley Edwards (Westfield, NJ), senior Erin McMullin (Philadelphia, PA/Nazareth Academy) and freshman Madeline Hummel (Marlton, NJ/Holy Cross) that finished in 4:00.58.

The Rider men were led by sophomore George Solujich (East Windsor, NJ/Notre Dame) winning the shot put (53'6.25"), senior James Burroughs (West Orange) won the 60m hurdles (7.96), senior Dave Brown (Ewing) won the 400m (49.03) and junior Wilvenson Baptiste (Irvington) won the 200m (22.03).

"Dave Brown had a great meet," Hamer said.  "He really stood up to win the 400. That was huge. He also ran a great leg on the 4 x 400. George winning the shot put was big. He did a great job. Burroughs winning the hurdles was fantastic, unfortunately, he tripped at the end going all out to win the race and injured his shoulder, which hindered him the rest of the night. He ran a real gutsy race for us and I was really impressed with that."

Silver medals went to sophomore Emily Ritter (Millsboro, DE/Sussex Tech), who placed second in the mile with an ECAC qualifying time of 4:48.19 and fifth in the 3,000m (10:30.23), freshman Miranda Roberts (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) tied her own Rider record in the pole vault (10'10"), placing second, junior Treasure Burke (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) placed second in the weight throw (56'2") and junior Lauryn Strebeck (Dayton, OH/South Brunswick) placed second in the triple jump (37'1").

Freshman Madeline Hummel broke her own Rider record in the 800m (2:14.64), placing third, freshman Dashana Ransome (Irvington, NJ) placed third in the 60m hurdles in a Rider record time of 8.68, senior Megan Elgin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) placed third in the 5,000m (18:01.79) and fourth in the 3,000m (10:30.23) and sophomore Sydney Grimes (West Orange, NJ) placed third in the shot put (39'9.25").

"Megan did some good stuff for us in the distance events," Hamer said.

For the men, senior David Hightower (Easton, Pa./Easton) placed third in the 60m hurdles (8.18) and fifth in the 200m (22.63), junior Steven Brown (Penns Grove) placed third in the long jump (22'7.25"), freshman Darnell Charles (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) placed third in the 60m (7.02) and third in the 200m (22.46) and seventh in the triple jump (43'3.75") and junior George Osti (Union) placed third in the weight throw (54').

Sophomore Anthony DeFranco (Berkeley Heights, NJ/Gov. Livingston) placed fourth in the 60m (7.08) and sixth in the pole vault (14'3.25"), sophomore Anthony Dentino (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) placed fourth in the 5,000m (14:55.76), freshman Darien Edwards (South Orange, NJ/St. Benedict's) placed fourth in the 400m (49.85) and senior Perry Asare (Lindenwood) placed fourth in the triple jump (44'5.25") and fifth in the long jump (21'10.25").

For the women sophomore Ashley Edwards (Westfield, NJ) placed fourth in the 400m (58.02), junior Rhea Phipps (Basking Ridge, NJ/Ridge) placed fourth in the weight throw (54'4.75"), sophomore Taylor Harmon (Robbinsville) placed fourth in the high jump (5'3") and eighth in the pole vault (7'4.5"), senior Nicole Tassello (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern)  placed fifth in the 5,000m (18:18.48) and eighth in the 3,000m (10:41.08).

Freshman Alicia Carthan (Bordentown, NJ) placed fifth in the shot put (39'6.5"), senior Erin McMullin (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) placed sixth in the 400m (58.85), senior Paige McAtee (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) placed seventh in the mile (5:14.50), freshman Nicole Georgia (Lincoln Park, NJ/Boonton) placed seventh in the 400m (59.59), senior Krista Musinski (West Pittston, PA/Wyoming Area) placed seventh in the triple jump (34'10.25") and freshman Andrea McKenna (Parlin, NJ/St. John Vianney) placed seventh in the shot put (37'2.25").

And for the men sophomore Andrew Pozo (Forked River, N.J. /Toms River HS South) placed fifth in the weight throw (52'6"), sophomore David Prater (Columbus, NJ) placed fifth in the triple jump (44'0.75"), senior Greg Wesh (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) placed sixth in the 800m (1:55.23) and sixth in the mile (4:16.93), sophomore Joe Vicini (Millstone, N.J. /Notre Dame) placed sixth in the weight throw (51'0.25"), junior Quintin Robin (Jamison, Pa./Central Bucks East) placed seventh in the high jump (6'0.5"), junior Joseph Carlin (Staten Island, N.Y./McKee) placed eighth in the 800m (1:56.77) and sophomore Nasser Zayer (Staten Island, NY/St. Peter's) placed eighth in the 3,000m (8:51.98).

The men's DMR of sophomore Derek Lake (Middletown, NY/Pine Bush), Wesh, junior Matt Sampson (Manasquan, NJ) and freshman Tom McLaughlin (Egg Harbor, NJ) placed fourth (10:38.46).

Team Standings: 


Manhattan 159, Rider 112, Saint Peter's 104, Iona 90, Marist 29


Saint Peter's 185.5, Rider 164.5, Manhattan 122.5, Iona 59, Loyola 50.5 and Marist 32


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