College Track and Field
Rider at Larry Ellis and Greyhound Invitational
PRINCETON / BETHLEHEM, Pa.—The Rider University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at both Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invitational and the Greyhound Invitational, hosted by Moravian College on Saturday.
“The athletes are starting to hit their stride,” said head coach Bob Hamer. “Not sure if it is the weather or their training and fitness but things are starting to come together. We need to continue with a few more solid week of training heading into the conference championships in the beginning of May.”
For the Rider men at Princeton, freshman Lamont Higgins (New Brunswick/St. Joseph HS (Metuchen)) was third in the men’s 400 meter dash with an IC4A qualifying time of 48.32, sophomore Darien Edwards (South Orange/St. Benedict's) was seventh in the 400 meter with an IC4A qualifying time of 53.71 and freshman Kyle Bryant (Cherry Hill/Cherry Hill HS East) tied for seventh in the long jump with a distance of 6.69m.
“At Princeton, we had some standout performances, building off what we did Friday night,” said Hamer. “Dashana (Ransome) was able to get the ECAC standard and she is getting better each week. And Rhea (Phipps), she has been consistently throwing the ECAC distance in the hammer and it is only a matter of time before she has that breakthrough to the next level. Also Darien (Edwards) has been consistently under the IC4A mark with his performance in the 400 hurdles. He just needs to clean up a few things to have that special race.”
For the Bronc women at Princeton, sophomore La'tazah Coleman (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink) was fourth in the 200 meter (24.40) and fifth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.25, senior Lauryn Strebeck (Dayton/South Brunswick) was fifth in the triple jump (11.91m) and senior Rhea Phipps (Basking Ridge/Ridge) placed seventh in the hammer throw with an ECAC qualifying distance of 52.60m
Also for the Rider women at Princeton, sophomore Dashana Ransome (Irvington) was 10th in the 100 meter hurdles with an ECAC qualifying time of 14.34 and sophomore Madeline Hummel (Marlton/Holy Cross) ran 10th in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.10.
Also for the Bronc men at Princeton, junior Anthony DeFranco (Berkeley Heights/Governor Livingston) tied for ninth in the pole vault (4.50m) and freshman Wil Asamoah (Edison) placed 12th in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.03.
For the Rider men at the Greyhound Invitational, freshman Brad Kaufmann (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) won the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:37.91, freshman Salman Khalid (Galloway/Absegami) was third in the 5000 meter with a time of 15:10.97 and freshman Erik Adamcik (Hampton/North Hunterdon) was fourth in the pole vault with a height of 4.40m.
“We had some really good performances at Moravian,” Hamer said. “We got the steeple win from Bradley. It was a really good race for him. He was able to be near the front and fought off a challenge down the stretch. Salman also finished in the top three with a very good 5k. He is coming around after missing indoors due to injury.”
For the Bronc women at the Greyhound Invitational, freshman Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) was fifth in the 1500 meter (4:48.20), junior Taylor Harmon (Robbinsville) was tied for fifth in the high jump (1.52m), junior Josephine Boyle (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) placed eighth in the 5000 meter (19:02.13) and sophomore Johanna Blume (Newtown, Pa./Pennsbury) was eighth in the 200 meter (26.67) and ninth in the 400 meter (1:00.79),
Also for the Rider men at the Greyhound Invitational, sophomore Tom McLaughlin (Egg Harbor Twp./Egg Harbor Twp.) was sixth in the 800 meter (1:56.81), junior Derek Lake (Middletown, N.Y./Pine Bush) was seventh in the 1500 meter (4:05.26) and junior Evan Cornell (Toms River/Toms River HS East) placed seventh in the 5000 meter (15:29.03).
Rider will take part in the Penn Relays April 24-26 with the Broncs also competing at the TCNJ Lion Invitational April 26.
“We are excited to compete at the Penn Relays this week,” Hamer said. “It is always an exciting and memorable meet for the athletes. Hopefully we can set a few more records and have a few more IC4A and ECAC qualifiers.”