College Cross Country
Rider at MAAC Championships
Dentino, Elgin, Mateescu, Khalid All-MAAC
BRONX, NY—The Rider men placed third of 10 teams and the Rider women were fifth of 11 teams at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships, held at Van Cortlandt Park Friday.
Rider came home with four All-MAAC performers. “We were hoping to get two on each side and we were able to accomplish that today,” said head coach Bob Hamer, who was named the 2013 MAAC Track & Field Coach of the Year last spring.
For the Rider men, junior Anthony Dentino (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) placed seventh overall, the first non-Iona runner to finish. Dentino covered the 8,000 meter course in 25:36 to earn All-MAAC honors. “Anthony ran a typical Anthony race today,” Hamer said. “He’s the stalwart for us. He didn’t have quite as good a year as he had hoped but we asked him to keep the faith and I thought he ran a tremendous race today.”
It marked the third consecutive year that Dentino earned All-MAAC honors. Dentino was also named to the MAAC All-Academic team for the second straight year.
For the Rider women, graduate student Megan Elgin (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East) placed eighth overall, covering the 6,000 meter course in 23:06 to earn All-MAAC honors. It marked the third consecutive year that Elgin earned All-MAAC honors. “Meg has been that consistent performer for us all the time,” Hamer said. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a three-time All-MAAC performer on the women’s side. That’s a tremendous accomplishment.”
Elgin was also named to the MAAC All-Academic team for the third straight year.
Rider sophomore Nicolette Mateescu (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick) placed ninth overall in 23:07 to also earn All-MAAC. “Nicki just had a tremendous race,” Hamer said. “She ran a beautiful race. That was an awesome accomplishment for her today.”
Mateescu was also named to the MAAC All-Academic team.
Also for the Rider men, freshman Salman Khalid (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) placed 12th overall in 26:20 to earn All-MAAC. “I think he might just be too young to know what he just accomplished,” Hamer said of his star rookie. “I’m really proud of the effort he has put forth. He’s a talented kid and he’s still learning. To be All-MAAC in a meet like this is quite an accomplishment.”
Junior Evan Cornell (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) placed 24th among the 157 runners (27:10), junior Dylan Hallahan (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional) was 32nd (27:25), and sophomore Sam Knipper (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) was 34th (27:27). Knipper was also named to the MAAC All-Academic team.
Also for the Rider women, freshman Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, PA/Saint Basil) placed 26th in 24:02, sophomore Stephanie Welte (Philadelphia, PA/St. Basil’s) was 49th in 25:08. Welte was named to the MAAC All-Academic team. Junior Josephine Boyle (Pleasant Valley, NY/Arlington) was fifth for Rider, 55th overall among the 160 runners, finishing in 25:27. Boyle was also named to the MAAC All-Academic team.
The Iona men (15) are currently ranked second in the nation and won their 23rd straight MAAC Title, followed by Canisius (73), Rider (109), Fairfield (119), Monmouth (133), Marist (151), Quinnipiac (177), Siena (198), Manhattan (221) and Niagara (301).
The Iona women (30) won their ninth straight MAAC Championship. MAAC newcomer Quinnipiac (59) placed second, followed by Marist (109) and new MAAC member Monmouth (110). Rider (147) finished ahead of Canisius (150), Fairfield (188), Niagara (216), Manhattan (233), Siena (248) and Saint Peter’s (357)
Also named to the MAAC All-Academic team were sophomore Chris Barrood (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick), junior Nick Bencivenga (Edison, NJ/J.P. Stevens), senior Billy Hackmeister (Coatesville, PA/Coatesville), sophomore Jon Knipper (Randolph, NJ/Randolph), junior Derek Lake (Middletown, NY/Pine Bush), sophomore Tom McLaughlin (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.), senior Anton Pokras (Secaucus, NJ/Secaucus), senior Matt Sampson (Manasquan, NJ/Manasquan), junior Nasser Zayer (Staten Island, NY/St. Peter’s), sophomore Vanessa Rappold (Coplay, PA/Allentown Central Catholic), junior Emily Ritter (Millsboro, DE/Sussex Tech), and senior Katie Williams (Franklin, NJ/Wallkill Valley).
The Broncs compete at the Mid-Atlantic Regional at Lehigh November 15.