College Cross Country
Rider at ECAC/IC4A
BRONX, NY-The Broncs competed at Van Cortlandt State Park Saturday, with the men competing in the 105th ICAAAA and the women competing in the 29th Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships, wrapping up the 2013 cross country season.
“We did pretty well,” said head coach Bob Hamer. “Both teams raced a strong race.”
The Rider men finished seventh of nine teams in the five mile race with the Bronc women eighth of nine teams.
For the Rider women, graduate student Megan Elgin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) was the first Bronc finisher on the 3.1 mile course and she placed seventh overall out of 70 runners with a time of 18:28.10, earning medalist honors.
“Megan ran awesome,” Hamer said. “The win wasn’t in the cards, there was a runner from George Mason way out in front but with 1,000 meters to go, Megan came across the bridge right there with a group of runners. It was a great, solid race and she went after it, especially in the middle and did a good job in the back hills. She had a tremendous career and battled injuries that kept her from training and racing to get to this ultimate plateau. We had to think outside the box to train in different ways to fix everything. She overcame adversity to be a tremendous impact person for the program and will be remembered as one of the all-time greats in the history of Rider Cross Country.”
For the Bronc men, junior Anthony Dentino (Sewell/Washington Township) was 11th overall (25:28.40) out of 88 runners to earn medalist honors.
“Anthony had a tough race,” Hamer said. “His goal was to win it and he was up at the front for a while. Coming out of the back hills with about 1.5 miles, he came off a little bit but then regrouped and finished strong. He is a little disappointed, he had higher hopes but he battled down the stretch and had a really good year. He worked hard and stayed with it throughout the season.”
Also for the Rider men, freshman Salman Khalid (Galloway/Absegami) was 31st (25:58.10), senior Corey O'Neill (Old Bridge) was 37th (26:14.10) and junior Dylan Hallahan (Wrightstown/Northern Burlington Regional) was 50th with a time of 26:33.10 and junior Evan Cornell (Toms River/Toms River HS East) finished 59th (26:42.00).
“The men’s team had a great year,” Hamer said. “We didn’t run well during the regular season but we did well when it counted, during the championship portion of the schedule. We ran better and better, at MAACs and at the regional and then today we had a solid performance. We are excited for next season since we only lose one senior. We grew as a team and some of the young guys stepped up and made an impact, practically Salman. Adjusting to college cross country is extremely difficult coming out of high school and really stepped up and had a great year. Also Corey, Dylan and Evan really grew a lot from last season. They really made a big difference on the team and in the program and as upperclassmen, made themselves impact players.”
Also for the Bronc women, sophomore Nicolette Mateescu (Kendall Park/South Brunswick) was 23rd with a time of 19:03.70, freshman Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) placed 36th (19:30.50), sophomore Stephanie Welte (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Basil's Academy) was 47th (19:49.10), junior Josephine Boyle (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) ran 19:49.90 to finish 49thand sophomore Vanessa Rappold (Coplay, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) was 62nd with a time of 20:50.70.
“Overall, the women had a tremendous year,” said Hamer. “We didn’t have the depth and had some injuries and things were tough at the beginning of the season but they battled through it by believing in me and believing in themselves and by mid-year, we saw things turning around for us. The championship season, they were fantastic and the results speak for themselves. They were dedicated and worked hard to make the best for themselves and for the program. I was really thrilled about that. Individually, I think Nicolette really stepped up and maximized her ability, really grew a lot and realized how great of a runner she can become.”
Other Rider results from the men’s race were sophomore Sam Knipper (Randolph) placing 68th (27:00.80), freshman Bradley Kaufmann (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) was 81st (27:35.20), sophomore Tom McLaughlin was 83rd (27:51.50) and sophomore Jon Knipper (Randolph) finished 87th (28:49.20).
The indoor track season begins at Lehigh December 6-7.