College Track and Field
Rider at IC4As/ECACs – Day Two
19 year Rider record falls in the 400
PRINCETON—The Rider University men’s and women’s track and field teams are competing in Princeton this weekend with the men at the 138th IC4A and the women at the 31th Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships.
On Saturday for the Rider men at IC4As, freshman Lamont Higgins (New Brunswick/St. Joseph HS (Metuchen)) was seventh in the 400 meter preliminaries with a Rider record time of 47.72. The previous record was held by Bruce Johnson (47.84), set in May of 1995.
“We had very competitive efforts today,” said head coach Bob Hamer. “Lamont was the highlight with his record and qualifying for the finals on Sunday. It was his best race of the season. He was smooth and relaxed and he charged well down the final straightaway. He is excited to be competing tomorrow.”
Senior Wilvenson Baptiste (Irvington) was 19th in the 200 meter with personal best time of 21.61.
“Baptiste ran very well,” said Hamer. “He has had a great career and it was nice to see him end with a ‘PR’. He has made a lot of big contributions in his career that helped raise the level. He will be missed.”
Junior Anthony DeFranco (Sewell/Washington Township) was 20th in the pole vault with a height of 15’9” (4.80m).
The 4x100 relay of freshman Wil Asamoah (Edison), Baptiste, DeFranco and Higgins finished 14th with a time of 41.79.
The 4x400 relay of freshman Christopher Reubel (Moorestown), Edwards, Higgins and Baptiste finished with a time of 3:22.21.
On Saturday at ECACs for the Rider women, sophomore Dashana Ransome (Irvington) was 10th in the 100 meter hurdles (14.39).
Sophomore La'tazah Coleman (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink) was 14th in the 200 meter preliminaries (24.27).
Senior Rhea Phipps (Basking Ridge/Ridge) was 21st in the hammer throw (50.11m).
The 4x800 relay of sophomore Madeline Hummel (Marlton/Holy Cross), freshman Juliann Brand (Egg Harbor), freshman Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) and senior Gabrielle Randell (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) placed 21st with a time of 9:19.06.
Competition concludes on Sunday.
“We have a few athletes going on Sunday and we are hoping for another good day.” Hamer added.