College Cross Country
Rider at Fordham Fiasco
BRONX, NY—The Broncs ran through the Bronx Saturday in the Fordham Fiasco, held at Van Cortlandt State Park. “We had a really good day,” said Rider head coach Bob Hamer.
The Rider men (55) placed second in the Division I race behind Navy (21) and ahead of host Fordham (76), Fairfield (104), Monmouth (167), Rutgers (176) and Hartford (195).
“It was a good team meet and that is what we were looking for,” Hamer said. “We beat some good quality teams.”
The Rider women (77) were third behind Fordham (55) and Monmouth (68) and ahead of Rutgers (87), Fairfield (96), Hartford (115), Fairleigh Dickinson (178) and Saint Peter’s (2470.
For the Rider men, junior Anthony Dentino (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) placed second overall among the 82 runners, covering the five mile course in 26:00. “Anthony ran a great race,” Hamer said. “I asked to be patient and run with the lead pack, which he did. It was just him and the Navy guy (overall winner Stephen Schroeder 25:55.51) at the end and the Navy guy was just a little bit better over the last mile. I’m pleased with where Anthony is right now. He did everything we expected him to do.”
For the Rider women, junior Emily Ritter (Millsboro, DE/Sussex Tech) finished first among Broncs for the first time in her career, finishing fifth overall in 19:02.09 on the 5,000m course. “Emily is a very talented runner,” Hamer said. “This is very encouraging for her. Sometimes she doesn’t realize how good she can be.”
Graduate student Megan Elgin (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East) was sixth among the 78 runners in 19:06.70. “On any given day Emily and Meg are going to be one-two, we just don’t know each race who will be one and who will be two, as long as they are both up there we are going to be really good,” Hamer said.
Also for the Rider men, freshman Salman Khalid (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) placed 10th in 26:39.79, senior Corey O’Neill (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) placed 13th in 26:43.25, junior Dylan Hallahan (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional) placed 14th in 26:49.23, junior Evan Cornell (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) was 16th in 26:55.20, sophomore Sam Knipper (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) finished 23rd in 27:23.30, and sophomore Jon Knipper (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) was 34th in 27:48.78.
“We had a good grouping with four runners 10 through 16 and after Anthony that is going to be the strength of the team,” Hamer said. “When you have a group like that it is very comforting for them. When one guy is having a good day the rest know they should be with him.”
Also for the Rider women, sophomore Nicolette Mateescu (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick) placed 11th in 19:32.01. “Nicolette ran the best race she has ever run,” Hamer said. “Last year each race she got better and better. This year she is a completely different person. She’s been great for us this year and I’m really happy. She listens to the race plan and trains smartly.”
Freshman Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, PA/Saint Basil) freshman Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, PA/Saint Basil) placed 26th in 20:17.05, junior Josephine Boyle (Pleasant Valley, NY/Arlington) was 29th in 20:21.84, senior Katie Williams (Franklin, NJ/Wallkill Valley) finished 43rd in 21:47.26 and sophomore Vanessa Rappold (Coplay, PA/Allentown Central Catholic) was 44th in 21:53.08.
Rider competes again September 21 at Monmouth. “There will be five to seven teams there and the Jersey kids are excited because this course (Holmdel) is where the high school State Meet is held.