at New Balance/Monmouth
College Indoor Track and Field
at New Balance Collegiate Meet-Day Two
at Monmouth Winter Collegiate
Roberts sets Rider record in pole vault
NEW YORK, N.Y./WEST LONG BRANCH--The Rider University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the New Balance Collegiate Meet at the 168th Street Armory in New York this weekend and also competed at the Monmouth Collegiate Open.
“It’s been a tough week with practice being affected by the weather,” said head coach Bob Hamer. “The team handled the adversity well and hopefully today’s efforts and next week will get us in the right position to be ready for the conference championships. It was a decent day with the team doing well in both competitions.”
For the Rider women, sophomore Miranda Roberts (Sewell/Washington Twp.) set a Rider record in the pole vault, reaching 3.45 m.
“Miranda is pole vaulting really well,” Hamer said. “She took a step back last week but responded very well as evidenced by another record. It was a great effort.”
For the Rider men at Monmouth, freshman Lamont Higgins (New Brunswick (St. Josephs High School Metuchen) won both the 400 meter dash (50.25) and the 60 meter dash (7.04) and freshman Kyle Bryant (Cherry Hill/Cherry Hill East) won the high jump, with an IC4A qualifying distance of 2.09m.
“Lamont is having just a great rookie campaign,” Hamer said. “He was his usual competitive self.”
Also for the Rider men, junior Anthony DeFranco (Berkely Heights, NY/Governor Livingston) was second in the 60 meter dash (7.10) and senior WIlvenson Baptiste (Irvington) was second in the 400 meter dash (50.54).
The men’s 4x800 meter relay team of junior Nasser Zayer (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter’s), senior Matt Sampson (Manasquan), sophomore Sam Knipper (Randolph) and junior Derek Lake (Middletown, NY/Pine Bush) ran an IC4A qualifying time of 7:51.76.
“It was a great effort in the 4x800 getting the IC4A qualifier,” Hamer added. “Matt Sampson ran a really great leg of the race to spur a really good time for the team.”
For the Rider women at Monmouth, sophomore Madeline Hummel won the 500 meter (1:20.47).
Rider competes again at the Rider/Lafayette Winter Games on February 14 at the Armory in New York.