College Track and Field
Rider men and women win nine-team Lafayette Invitational
Ransome sets Rider record in 100-hurdles
Roberts sets Rider record in pole vault
Ritter sets Rider record in 3000m
EASTON, Pa.--The Rider University men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Lafayette Invitational Saturday with both teams winning the nine-team Invitational.
"We had a very good meet," said head coach Bob Hamer. "We had contributions from every event group and that helped us win the meet on both sides."
For the Rider women, freshman Dashana Ransome (Irvington) set a Rider record winning the 100-meter hurdles in IC4A qualifying time (14.41) and freshman Miranda Roberts (Sewell/Washington Twp.) set a Rider record in the pole vault (8.75), placing third.
"Dashana had another solid meet in winning the hurdles and establishing a Rider record," Hamer said. "Miranda vaulted very well and she was rewarded with a Rider record as well. She is very close to hitting a few big clearances and I'm confident she will get there soon."
Sophomore Emily Ritter (Millsboro, Del./Sussex Tech) won the 3000-meter run (9:59.74) in a Rider record and ECAC qualifying time and senior Mia Riley (West Caldwell/James Caldwell) won the 100-meter dash (12.35) and was second in the 200 (25.46).
For the Rider men, senior David Hightower (Easton, Pa/Easton) won the 110-meter hurdles (14.57), junior Wilvenson Baptiste (Irvington) won the 200-meter dash (21.66) and was third in the 100 (10.94) and senior Greg Wesh (Hatboro, Pa/Hatboro-Horsham) finished first in the 1500-meter run (4:00.53). In the field, sophomore George Solujich (East Windsor/Notre Dame) placed first in the shot put (14.32m) and third in the discus (45.51m), freshman Charles Wilks (Secane, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) won the discus throw (45.83m) and was third in the shot put (14.51m) and senior Anthony DeFranco (Berkeley Heights/Governor Livingston) won the pole vault (3.25).
Also for the Rider women, freshman Alicia Carthan (Bordentown) was second in the shot put, freshman La'tazah Coleman (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink) was third in the 400-meter hurdles (14.88) and tied for third in the high jump with teammate freshman Daria Chadwick (Summit) (1.61m).
Sophomore Ashley Edwards was third in the 400-meter dash (58.03), freshman Nicole Georgia (Lincoln Park/Boonton) was third in the long jump (5.23m) and junior Treasure Burke (Pennsauken/Camden Catholic) was third in the hammer throw (47.89).
"We were very strong in the throws," Hamer added. "Coach West does a great job in preparing those athletes and it shows in their competition. They are training very hard and getting great results."
Also for the Bronc men, senior James Burroughs (West Orange) finished second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.62) behind Hightower, sophomore Nasser Zayer (Staten Island, NY/St. Peter's) was second in the 3000-meter run (8:38.64), freshman Darien Edwards (West Orange/St. Benedicts) was third in the 400-meter hurdles (54.99), junior Matthew Millemann (Hillsborough) was third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.24), sophomore Dylan Hallahan (Wrightstown/Northern Burlington Regional) was third in the 3000-meter steeplechase (9:50.26), senior Perry Asare (Lindenwold) was third in the triple jump (14.24m) and junior Christopher McGovern (Old Bridge/St. John Vianney) placed fifth in the javelin (59.40m), reaching an IC4A qualifying mark.
The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Coleman, Hummel, Georgia and Chadwick finished fifth (4:03.09).
The men's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Dave Brown (Ewing), Baptiste, Wesh and Edwards finished second (3:19.14) and the men's 4x100-meter relay team of freshmen Darnell Charles (Mays Landing/Oakcrest), Baptiste, DeFranco and Hightower finished fifth in IC4A qualifying time (42.50).
Both the Rider men and women will compete at The Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Virginia April 5-6.
"We are looking forward to the Colonial Relays," Hamer said. "It is a step up in competition and I think we are prepared for the challenge."