Men’s Cross Country 14th in Region
Maybe the cross country team should take more weeks off.
The Broncs had a week off of competition between running at Van Cortlandt State Park September 7 and the upcoming Monmouth Invitational September 21, and actually moved up in the Regional Rankings.
The Rider University men’s cross country team moved up from 15th to 14th in the Mid-Atlantic Region, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) September 16 Rankings.
“It is nice that the men are being recognized for their early season accomplishments,” said Rider head coach Bob Hamer. “It is very motivating for them because they feel that they can compete with the teams ranked ahead of them.”
The new rankings actually take into consideration all of Rider’s success this year, as the previous rankings were August 26.
Rider won the TCNJ season opening race with 12th ranked St. Joseph’s and TCNJ and the Broncs placed second of nine teams at the Fordham Fiasco, second only to Navy, the seventh ranked team in the Region.
The Broncs have been led by junior Anthony Dentino (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.), who won the season opener and finished second at Fordham. An All-East harrier last fall, Dentino again is one of the top runners in the Region.
The Mid-Atlantic Region consists of institutions located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Princeton is the top ranked team, followed by Georgetown, Villanova, La Salle and Penn State. Temple dropped from 12th to the 15th and final spot in the Top 15 rankings, with Rider moving up a notch from the previous ranking.
Other Broncs contributing to the team’s success this year include senior Corey O'Neill (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge), junior Dylan Hallahan (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional), junior Evan Cornell (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East), sophomores Sam and Jon Knipper (Randolph, NJ/Randolph), sophomore Tom McLaughlin (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.) and freshman Salman Khalid (Galloway, NJ/Absegami).
The Broncs compete against New Jersey rivals Rutgers and host Monmouth Saturday morning (10 am) at Holmdel Park, a course Rider has not competed on in over a decade, but a course where many of the Broncs have enjoyed success.
“This will be great for all of our New Jersey runners on the team to run there,” Hamer said. ‘That’s their big championships course in high school, so a chance to get back on Holmdel’s course is nice for them.”
It will be also be another chance for the Broncs to move up again in the Regional Rankings, but this time by actually competing.