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Rider Hosts MAAC Track May 4-5
LAWRENCEVILLE—Rider University will once again serve as host for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Track & Field Championship May 4-5.
The Broncs might not turn out to be as hospitable as last year, when the Manhattan men and the Saint Peter’s women won MAAC Titles in Lawrenceville, with the Rider men finishing second and the Rider women third. Rider looks to keep some of that gold for itself this year, after a pair of runner-up finishes during this year’s Indoor MAAC Championships.
The meet begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday with the hammer throw, javelin, and long jump. Running events will start at 4:30 p.m. with the 4x800-meter relay. The 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 10,000-meters will also take place on Saturday. Admission on Saturday is free.
The bulk of the meet is on Sunday with a trio of field events starting at 11 a.m. At noon, the 4x100-meter relay will kick off the day's running events.
The Rider women won the MAAC Outdoor Title in 2007 and 2004 and will be led by freshman La’tazah Coleman (Middletown, DE/Appoquinimink), freshman Daria Chadwick (Summit, NJ), freshman Dashana Ransome (Irvington, NJ), junior Lauryn Strebeck (Dayton, OH/South Brunswick) and senior Mia Riley (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell).
Coleman holds the Rider records for both the 100m and 200m outdoor, as well as the 60m and 200m indoor. During the winter Coleman placed second in the 60m and 200m and third in high jump at the MAAC Indoors.
Chadwick won the MAAC indoor high jump this winter. Ransome holds Rider outdoor records in the 100m hurdles and the long jump. Strebeck won the triple jump at the 2012 MAAC Outdoors.
Riley has her name on both the Indoor and Outdoor 4 x 200 relay and won the MAAC shout put this past winter.
The men won the MAAC Outdoor title in 2011 and will be led by sophomore George Solujich (East Windsor, NJ/Notre Dame), senior James Burroughs (West Orange), senior Dave Brown (Ewing) and junior Wilvenson Baptiste (Irvington).
Burroughs won both the 110 hurdles and the 400 hurdles in MAAC record times last spring and won the 60 hurdles at the MAAC Indoors this winter.
Solujich won the shot put at MAAC Indoors this winter and Brown won the 400m Indoors.
Baptiste won the 200 last spring and again this winter at MAACs.
Admission on Sunday is $15 for adults and $5 for children and students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased on maac.ticketleap.com.
The MAAC will hold its annual awards banquet following the completion of the meet on Sunday. Video will be posted in the Awards Show channel on MAAC.TV and the event will be streamed live.
Manhattan hopes to reclaim the men’s title after last year’s championship victory. Saint Peter's women are competing for their third consecutive title.
Live results will be available this weekend. A link will be posted on Saturday. You can also follow all the action by following @MAACSports and using hashtag #MAACTF on twitter.