Rider Closes out ECAC/IC4A Championships Strong on Sunday

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: May 14, 2017
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PRINCETON, NJ – The Rider University track and field team closed out the 2017 ECAC / IC4A Outdoor Championships on Sunday afternoon with a number of All-East performances at William Weaver Track & Field Stadium on the campus of Princeton University. On the third and final day of the event, the Broncs saw five student-athletes earn individual All-East honors alongside the men's 4x800 relay quartet.

Junior Sara Gardner (Holland Township, NJ/Mount St. Mary's/Delaware Valley) ended her season on strong note, finishing second in the 100M hurdles with a time of 13.79 to earn eight points for Rider as well as All-East distinction. Gardner crossed the finish line just behind Jessica Lee of Quinnipiac for the second weekend in a row.

Senior Daria Chadwick (Summit, NJ/Summit) posted a seventh-place finish for the Broncs in the high jump with a mark of 1.68M. Chadwick earned All-East honors as well as two points for Rider's team score.

The Rider quartet of Anthony Ardino (Bloomfield, NJ/Bloomfield), Tom Long (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson), Scott Wood (Florence, NJ/Holy Cross) and Johnathan Jackson (Roselle, NJ/Magnet) finished third in the 4x800M relay with a time of 7:36.91. The four Broncs earned All-East honors, while picking up six points for the team. They finished just .46 behind second-place Albany.

Freshman Asia Young (Pleasantville, NJ/Holy Spirit) finished fifth in the women's long jump with a leap of 5.73M to earn All-East honors and four points for the Broncs. She finished just .05M behind the fourth-place competitor from Bucknell.

Sophomore Destiny Kearney (Toms River, NJ/Toms River HS South) landed in eighth-place in the women's triple jump with a mark of 11.83M to earn All-East honors. She earned one point for Rider and finished just .08M behind the seventh-place competitor from Robert Morris.

Freshman thrower Kathryn Campbell (Hiawatha, NJ/Parsippany) capped her first outdoor season with the Broncs with a seventh-place finish in the women's javelin throw. Campbell posted a distance of 41.77M to earn All-East honors and pick up two points for the Broncs.

“We had a really good day in many areas today,” Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “The field events were very good this weekend and that continued today.  We had six more All-East performances to go with the two we had yesterday, which is very exciting for the program.”

“Gardner ran a very good race, but Lee from Quinnipiac was just better again today,” Hamer noted. “Sara had a great year and she will be able to come back again next year to build upon the successes she has had this year.”

“Jackson did not run well in the open 800, but he came back very strong in the 4x800 relay to propel the team to third-place finish,” Hamer stated. “The first three legs needed to do a bit more to get him closer to the leaders, but to finish third is still a great accomplishment.  Jackson has had a great career at Rider and he earned his eighth All-East honor this weekend.  He has many accolades and he will be remembered very fondly as one of the best.”

“Chadwick closed out her career with a seventh-place finish in the high jump,” Hamer added. “She has been such a great competitor and leader for us over the last two years.  We are definitely sad to see her go, but she has accomplished so many great things for herself and the program. She has a set a standard that will carry forward long after her departure.”

“Young, Kearney and Campbell were very good today,” Hamer noted. “We talk all the time about all you need to do is hit the marks that got you to this meet and you will do very well.  They came very close to that in each of their events today and found themselves in the finals with chances to score some points and earn All-East honors.  This will be very important for their individual growth for next year.”

“This is likely the end of the season for us since we appear to have no NCAA preliminary qualifiers,” Hamer said. “It was a really good season in many ways and we look to use the successes of this year to spring board us to even more success next year.”

- The Rider women finished in 19th-place with 17 points. The field consisted of 50 teams that scored at least one point. 
- The Rider men finished in 28th-place with 9.50 points. The field consisted of 49 teams that scored at least one point. 
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