Rider Sees Record-Breaking Performance at IC4A/ECAC Championships

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: March 05, 2017
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BOSTON, MA – Records fell for the Rider University track and field team on Sunday on the final day of competition at the IC4A/ECAC Championships on Saturday at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center. The two-day event is hosted by Boston University.

“We had some outstanding performances today to cap off the ECAC IC4A Championships,” Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “We were able to capture two individual and one relay All-East performance on the weekend. This is a high-level meet where it takes a great performance to earn those honors.  This will give us valuable momentum going into the outdoor season.”

Junior Sara Gardner (Holland Township, NJ/Mount St. Mary's/Delaware Valley) finished second in the 60M hurdles with a time of 8.53 to earn All-East honors.

“Gardner finishing as the runner-up in the 60 hurdlers is a great finish for her,” Hamer added. “She had a bad start, but she is so great at moving throughout the race and she did a real nice job of closing over the last few hurdles. She had a great indoor season and she is very excited for the outdoor season. She is a special athlete who has the potential to accomplish some really high level things over the next few years.”

Senior Johnathan Jackson (Roselle, NJ/Magnet) registered a sixth-place finish in the 1,000M to earn All-East accolades for the Broncs.

“Jackson had an okay race today,” Hamer added. “He made a few tactical errors which really cost him. In a high quality field like today, you need to be tactically sound or the mistakes will definitely cost you places.  He did bounce back to run a tremendous second leg on the 4x800 relay.  He brought us right to the leaders which gave us the push we needed for the last two legs.”  

Senior Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, PA/St. Basil's Academy) had a solid performance to land in 18th in the 3,000M with a mark of 9:51.38.  

“McGarrity ran a very good 3,000 today to get a PR,” Hamer noted. “She just needed a better last 600 to run that really special time that you dream about.  She raced very well, but just did not have that snap over the last 600.  She followed up a great cross country season with a great indoor season.  She has set herself up for a great finish to her career during the outdoor season.”

To put an exclamation point on the indoor season, the 4x800 quartet of Isaiah Jean-Baptiste (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill HS East), junior Anthony Ardino ( Bloomfield, NJ/Bloomfield), senior Scott Wood (Florence, NJ/Holy Cross) and Jackson finished in third-place and set a new Rider record with a time of 7:32.83 to earn All-East distinction.

“The 4x800 ran a great, competitive race,” Hamer said. “Breaking the Rider record and earning All-East honors were the two big goals for them coming in to this weekend.  Each of them did their job and that contributed to a great end result.  Scott Wood ran a great leg.  He has come so far in four years and he has run many really good relay legs for us, but today was his best.  We have built a program on guys like Scott who come to Rider as an average high school runner and just continue to work hard and they end up accomplishing great things.  Scott is an inspiration to so many on this team.”

All-East 
60H  2nd  8.55  Sara Gardner
1000  6th  2:26.73  Johnathan Jackson
4x800  3rd  7:32.83  Jean-Baptiste, Jackson, Wood, Ardino

Rider Record
4x800 relay  7:32.83
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