College Cross Country
Rider Men Second, Women Third at Monmouth Invitational
HOLMDEL, NJ—Rider junior Anthony Dentino (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) finished first overall at the Monmouth Invitational on Saturday, leading the Rider men to a second place finish.
The Rider women placed third of five teams.
Dentino covered the five mile Holmdel Park course in 26:05.72, winning by 15 seconds over the second place runner form Monmouth. Monmouth won the Invitational with 41 points, just edging Rider with 42. Rutgers (70), Wagner (101) and Fairleigh Dickinson (122) rounded out the field.
“Dentino ended up winning, which is great,” said Rider head coach Bob Hamer. “He executed the race plan perfectly. He sat on the leaders for a while and made a surge after the three mile mark. He ran the last mile and a half by himself. There was a pretty good gap.”
For the Rider women, graduate student Megan Elgin (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East) placed second overall, covering the 3.1 mile course in 19:05.22, as the Broncs tallied 71 points. “Meg ran a great race on a tough, challenging course,” Hamer said. “She was patient early on and attacked over the second half and executed the race plan perfectly. She was rewarded with a great race.”
Rutgers came in first (36), followed by Monmouth (41). Finishing behind Rider was FDU (98) and Wagner (114). “The women had some banged up injuries so we were down a few people,” Hamer said.
Also for the Rider men, senior Corey O’Neill (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) placed sixth over (26:58.06) and freshman Salman Khalid (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) was seventh (27:06.46). “Corey ran a really nice race for us and we needed that because the men were down a few key runners in Evan Cornell or Dylan Hallahan, due to injury and sickness. Corey really stepped up and did a great job.”
Also for the Rider women, sophomore Nicolette Mateescu (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick) finished seventh among the 47 runners, covering the 3.1 mile course in 19:37.47. Junior Josephine Boyle (Pleasant Valley, NY/Arlington) was 16th in 20:14.48. “Nici ran another great race today,” Hamer said. “Just a tremendous race for us. Josephine stepped up and ran a really nice race.”
The Broncs were without junior Emily Ritter (Millsboro, DE/Sussex Tech), who finished first among Rider runners in the last meet.
“From a team perspective we took a bit of a hit today missing some key runners,” Hamer said, “but I’ll take the hit now knowing we can do much better latter on in the season when the championships roll around.”
The Broncs compete at Lehigh’s Paul Short Run October 5. “We’re hoping to get some of our banged up people back for that,” Hamer said.