College Outdoor Track and Field
Rider men and women at Colonial Relays-Day One
Women 12th of 25 / Men 14th of 29
Ransome Rider record in 100-hurdles / Ritter Rider record in 1500
WILLIAMSBURG,Va.--The Rider University men’s and women’s track and field teams are competing at the 48th Annual Colonial Relays, hosted by the College of William and Mary April 5-6.
After Friday’s competition, the Rider men are in 14th place (15-points) out of 29-teams and the women are in 12th (19-points) out of 25-teams.
“We had some qualify performances today with several ECAC and IC4A qualifiers,” said head coach Bob Hamer.
For the Rider women, freshman Dashana Ransome (Irvington) finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdle prelims (14.18) in a Rider record and ECAC qualifying time. Ransome will run in the 100-hurdle championship Saturday.
“Dashana ran a great hurdles race to break yet another Rider record,” Hamer said. “She is getting better and better with every race.”
Sophomore Emily Ritter (Millsboro, Del./Sussex Tech) set a Rider record in the 1500-meter run, placing 11th (4:31.60) and qualifying for ECACs. Ritter also holds the indoor 1-mile run record, which she set this past winter.
“Emily ran a solid race to set the Rider record in the 1500,” Hamer said. “She was a little tentative with the quality of competition but she ran a nice race. This experience will benefit her down the road.”
Senior Nicole Tassello (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) won the 10k (37:15.14) for the second straight year at the Colonial relays in ECAC qualifying time.
“It was great to see Nicole win the 10k for the second year in a row,” Hamer added. “She ran a consistent race. I’m excited for her because she is dedicated and committed and works so hard. She deserves the recognition.”
For the Rider men, senior James Burroughs (West Orange) finished third in the 110-meter hurdles (14.73) in IC4A qualifying time. Burroughs qualified for the 110-hurdle finals Saturday. Burroughs also ran for seventh in the 400 meter hurdles (54.44).
Also for the Bronc women, junior Rhea Phipps (Basking Ridge/Ridge) was fourth in the hammer throw (46.95m), junior Treasure Burke (Pennsauken/Camden Catholic) was fifth in the hammer throw (46.78m) and senior Paige McAtee (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) was eighth in the 1500-meter run (4:51.87).
Also for the Bronc men, senior David Hightower (Easton, Pa./Easton) was fourth in the 110-meter hurdle prelims (14.80) in IC4A and meet championship qualifying time. Junior George Osti (Union) was fourth in the hammer throw (48.20m), junior Christopher McGovern (Old Bridge/St. John Vianney) was fourth in the javelin (57.67m) and sophomore Joe Vicini (Millstone/Notre Dame) was sixth in the hammer throw (47.20m).
After day one, both the Rutgers men and women are in first place.
The men finished ninth and the women were 17th at the 2012 Colonial Relays.
“We need to raise the level of our meets to challenge our athletes,” Hamer said about the schedule ramp up over the last few years. “We need to see this level of competition if we expect to compete at our maximum ability. You need to run an extremely competitive schedule to attract championship caliber student-athletes.”
Competition in Virginia will continue Saturday morning.
“We are looking forward to tomorrow and the relay portion of the competition,” said Hamer. “We feel we have a shot at a few more Rider records and a few more IC4A/ECAC qualifiers as well.”