Track and Field Opens at Princeton
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Release:  12/07/2013

Lamont Higgins won the 60m in his collegiate debut
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College Track and Field
Rider at Princeton’s New Year’s Invitational

PRINCETON—The Rider University men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the 2013-14 indoor season, competing at the New Year’s Invitational, hosted at Jadwin Gym by Princeton University on Saturday.

“I thought the meet went very well,” said Bob Hamer, who was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Outdoor Coach of the Year.  “Any time you start a season off, you aren’t sure what you are going to get but as we got into the meet, the upperclassmen really calmed the nerves of the newcomers and everyone performed well.  I saw a lot of good efforts today.”

For the Rider men, freshman Lamont Higgins (New Brunswick/St. Joseph HS (Metuchen)) won the 60 meter (7.00), sophomore Darien Edwards (South Orange/St. Benedict's) won the 600 meter (1:21.56), junior David Prater (Columbus/Northern Burlington Regional) won the triple jump (13.58m) and was third in the 60 meter (7.12), senior George Osti (Union) was second in the weight throw (15.97m), senior Matt Sampson (Manasquan) was second in the mile (4:26.23) and freshman Kyle Bryant (Cherry Hill/Cherry Hill HS East) was second in the high jump (1.98m).

“Lamont winning the 60 was a great effort,” Hamer said.  “And Kyle, really stepped up with a great effort in his first collegiate meet.  He has a ton of potential and a lot of things to offer for us.”

For the Rider women, freshman Christine Charles (Scotch Plains/Scotch Plains Fanwood) was second in the long jump (5.51m), senior Lauryn Strebeck (Dayton/South Brunswick) was second in the triple jump (11.71m) and senior Treasure Burke (Pennsauken/Camden Catholic) was third in the weight throw with an ECAC qualifying distance of 16.80m.

“We lost some big-time athletes to graduation,” Hamer said.  “With that said, we have some excellent depth and you saw some of that today, up and down the lineup with all of the classes well represented in the results.  We keep reloading the roster each season.”

Also for the Rider men, freshman Wil Asamoah (Edison) was third in the 60 meter hurdles (8.49), freshman Jonathan Jackson (Roselle/Magnet) was third in the mile (4:29.01) and junior Anthony DeFranco (Berkeley Heights/Governor Livingston) was third in the pole vault (4.35m).

Also for the Bronc women, sophomore Dashana Ransome (Irvington) was fourth in the long jump (5.44m) and fifth in the 60 meter hurdles (9.05), senior Rhea Phipps (Basking Ridge/Ridge) was fourth in the weight throw with an ECAC qualifying distance of 16.59m, freshman Juliann Brand (Egg Harbor Twp.) was fourth in the 600 meter (1:36.70), sophomore Andrea McKenna (Parlin/St. John Vianney) was fifth in the weight throw (14.96m) and sophomore Olivia Rosenberger (North Wales, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) was fifth in the long jump (5.28m) and fifth in the triple jump (11.09m).

“Treasure and Rhea getting ECAC qualifying marks in the weight throw was a highlight on the women’s side,” Hamer added.  “Their effort was fantastic, along with the effort of Lauryn in the long jump and the triple jump.”

The men’s 4x400 relay of Higgins, Edwards, senior Joseph Carlin (Staten Island, N.Y./Staten Island Tech.) and senior Wilvenson Baptiste (Irvington) was second with a time of 3:24.38.

“We gained a lot of confidence today,” Hamer said.  “We sometimes struggle with who we run against instead of just going out and competing.  We need to focus on what we can do and if we do that, we will be successful.  Competition motivates us but with that said, we need to just focus on things we can control.”

Rider runs again on January 11 in a dual meet in West Point, New York with Army, Monmouth and Lehigh.

“The Army meet is one of my favorites,” Hamer said.  “We get back from break and see where we are.  It is a team scoring meet so the team rallies around that and it is a great opportunity for us to compete in a four or five team environment and we also get a feel for where we are, facing a conference opponent.”


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