College Track & Field
MAAC Championships Day One
Rider in First Place
LAWRENCEVILLE—Rider is hosting the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships Saturday and Sunday. After six events on Saturday the Rider men and the Rider women are both in first place.
“On the men’s side we had a great day,” said Rider head coach Bob Hamer. “On the women’s side there were some areas where we were decent but in order for us to be competitive tomorrow we need to do a better job. Our goal is to win two tomorrow.”
On Saturday the men’s 4 x 800 relay team of sophomore Nasser Zayer (Staten Island, NY/St. Peter’s), junior Joseph Carlin (Staten Island, N.Y./McKee), senior Greg Wesh (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and freshman Tom McLaughlin (Egg Harbor, NJ) won in a MAAC Championship record time of 7:35.99.
“We anchored a freshman and he did exactly what I asked him to do,” Hamer said. “That is always cool when it comes together like that and that set the tone of the day. That was the first event of the day and when everyone sees you do it they believe they can do it as well. It spreads like a virus.”
Speaking of virus, sophomore Anthony Dentino (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) placed second in the 10,000m in a time of 31:55.27, despite spending two days in the hospital this week with a leg infection. “The 10K was just fantastic,” Hamer said. “Anthony spent two days in the hospital and Sean (McCullough) has had a rough track season with injuries. For him to come back and for us to get two-three was just awesome.”
Sophomore Andrew Pozo (Forked River, N.J. /Toms River HS South) placed second in the hammer (51.20m), senior Sean McCullough (Plymouth Meeting, Pa/La Salle) placed third in the 10,000m (32:03.03) and junior George Osti (Union) was third (50.20m) in the hammer throw.
“The men’s hammer was fantastic,” said Hamer, who’s Broncs finished that event second, third and fifth. “Andrew was leading going into the last throw.”
Junior Christopher McGovern (Old Bridge/St. John Vianney) placed third in the javelin (52.71m), junior Steven Brown (Penns Grove) was third in the long jump (7.04m) and sophomore Dylan Hallahan (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington) placed third in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:30.44).
“Chris has an arm injury and I thought it was heroic of him to go out and perform the way he did today,” Hamer said.
For the Rider women junior Rhea Phipps (Basking Ridge, NJ/Ridge) finished second in the hammer (51.75m) and freshman Dashana Ransome (Irvington, NJ), finished third with a Rider record jump of 5.77m in the long jump.
Senior Megan Elgin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) placed third in the 10,000m (39:37.41), junior Treasure Burke (Pennsauken/Camden Catholic) was third in the hammer throw (50.26m), freshman Aspen Weber (Edinboro, PA/General McLane) was third in the javelin (34.95m)
Senior Nicole Tassello (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern), the Rider record holder in the 10,000m (36:50.20), placed fourth in 39:58.30
Team Standings after six events:
Men: Rider 66, Manhattan 52, Iona 27, Saint Peter’s 20, Marist 18
Women: Rider 59, Saint Peter’s 58, Iona 42, Manhattan 36, Loyola 26, Marist 10
The majority of the events take place Sunday beginning at 11 am with the high jump, triple jump and shot put. The running events begin at 12 noon with the 4x100 relay.