College Outdoor Track and Field – Day Three
Rider at 137th IC4A/30th ECAC Championships
PRINCETON—Several members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Rider University men’s and women’s track and field teams are competing Friday through Sunday at the 137th IC4A and 30th Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships, hosted by Princeton University.
For the Rider men in IC4A competition on Sunday, senior David Hightower (Easton, Pa./Easton) was seventh in the finals of the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.30, earning All-East recognition for the third time. Hightower ran 14.10 on Saturday in his preliminary heat and that time will be used to determine if he qualifies for the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, North Carolina May 23-25.
“David had a solid race,” said head coach Bob Hamer who was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Coach of the Year last week. “He clobbered the ninth hurdle in the finals and that’s what hurt his time.”
As a junior, Hightower earned All-East with a fifth place finish in the 110m hurdles (14.58) and he was All-East with a fourth place finish as a sophomore in the 110m hurdles (14.26).
“It is a great accomplishment for him to get All-East again,” Hamer added. “Our focus will now turn to training for what is likely an NCAA regional at the end of the month.”
According to Hamer, he will know by Thursday whether Hightower and freshman La’tazah Coleman (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink) have made the NCAA cut. Coleman was 21st in the 200m (24.58) on Saturday and her season-best 23.87 200 meter time at the Larry Ellis Invitational will be used for qualification.
For the Bronc women in ECAC competition on Sunday, the 4x800 relay of senior Megan Elgin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East), freshman Madeline Hummel (Marlton/Holy Cross), sophomore Emily Ritter (Millsboro, Del./Sussex Tech) and senior Paige McAtee (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) placed ninth in the finals with a time of 9:20.48.. The relay was fifth in the preliminaries on Saturday in a Rider record time of 9:02.14.
“The 4x8 just had an off day,” Hamer said. “They got behind early and just really weren’t able to catch up.”
Also for the Bronc women, junior Lauryn Strebeck (Dayton/South Brunswick) was 21st in the triple jump with a distance of 36’0.25”.