College Track and Field
Rider men and women win Rider Invitational
Hummel sets Rider record in 400-hurdles
LAWRENCEVILLE--The Rider University men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Rider Invitational Saturday.
The Bronc men finished in first out of 14-teams (231.5-points) and the women finished first out of 13-teams (260-points).
“The overall goal was getting another opportunity to compete. We had a lot of great results today and a lot of kids are coming out of this meet feeling good about themselves,” said head coach Bob Hamer, “We accomplished everything I was hoping to accomplish and I’m looking forward to the next couple weeks.”
For the Rider women, freshman Madeline Hummel (Marlton/Holy Cross) won the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.45) in Rider record time.
“It was great to see Madeline (Hummel) break the record today. It was one of three records we have up on the board from 1999, so it’s been there a while. We’re glad she broke it. She’s a great kid and she works hard. Lately she’s struggled a little bit but she’s worked through it and when she saw the results she had a smile from ear-to-ear,” Hamer said.
Freshman Dashana Ransome (Irvington) finished first in the 100-meter hurdles in ECAC qualifying time (14.26) and the 100-meter dash (12.44), freshman Miranda Roberts (Sewell/Washington Twp.) was first in the pole vault (3.27m) and junior Rhea Phipps (Basking Ridge/Ridge) was first in the hammer throw (50.11m).
For the Rider men, junior Steven Brown (Penns Grove) finished first in the long jump (6.91m), sophomore George Solujich (East Windsor/Notre Dame) finished first in the discus throw (44.03m) and second in the shot put (15.89m), reaching an IC4A qualifying mark in the shot put. Freshman Darnell Charles (Mays Landing/Oakcrest) finished first in the triple jump (14.13m), senior Greg Wesh (Horsham, Pa/Hatboro-Horsham) finished first in the 1500-meter run (3:58.64), senior David Hightower (Easton, Pa/Easton) finished first in the 110-meter hurdles in IC4A qualifying time (14.74), sophomore Nasser Zayer (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter’s) finished first in the 5000-meter run (15:18.18) and junior Wilvenson Baptiste (Irvington) finished first in the 100-meter dash (11.01) and second in the 200-meter dash (22.28).
“In order to be successful, we need to be good in every single event. (Defending MAAC champion) Manhattan is very strong in the field events so if we can be strong in the jumps, throws and hurdles that could definitely swing the championship meet in our favor,” Hamer said.
Also for the Bronc women, freshman La’tazah Coleman (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink) tied for second in the high jump with teammate freshman Daria Chadwick (Summit), reaching 1.61m. Coleman also finished second in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.34m) and 400-meter dash (57.16), senior Erin Fitzgibbons (Sayreville) was second in the 3000-meter steeplechase, junior Treasure Burke (Pennsauken, N.J./Camden Catholic) was second in the hammer throw (49.41) and freshman Nicole Georgia (Lincoln Park/Boonton) was second in the 200-meter dash (26.30).
The women’s 4x800-meter relay team of senior Megan Elgin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East), senior Paige McAtee (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa), senior Jillian Shutt (Lawrenceville, Pa./Williamson) and freshman Stephanie Welte (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Basil’s Academy) finished second in 9:41.43.
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team of Charles, Baptiste, sophomore Anthony DeFranco (Berkeley Heights/Governor Livingston) and Hightower won in 42.56.
The Rider men finished runner-up and the women were third at the 2012 Rider Invitational.
The Rider men and women will split up and run at the Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton University on April 19 and at the Greyhound Invitational, hosted Moravian College on April 20.
“At the Larry Ellis meet, we will back down and go after one or two events and focus on our better events and get some ECAC and IC4A qualifiers. We are two weeks out of MAAC championships and we need to be going into championships healthy, confident and feeling we can do great,” Hamer said.
Men’s team results
1. Rider 231.50
2. Sacred Heart 126.50
3. Monmouth 77
4. Rutgers 56
5. St. Thomas Aquinas 50
6. Essex CC 39
7. Kingsborough CC 35
8. NJIT 32
8. Queens (N.Y.) 32
10. Molloy 23
11. La Salle 22
12. Fairfield 16
13. Seton Hall 10
14. Siena 1
Women’s Team Results
1. Rider 260
2. Sacred Heart 120
3. Monmouth 101
4. Essex CC 48
5. La Salle 39
5. Molloy 39
7. Seton Hall 37
8. Queens (N.Y.) 36
8. NJIT 36
10. Fairfield 7
11. Siena 3
11. St. Thomas Aquinas 3
13. Kingsborough CC 1