College Track & Field
Rider at Colonial Relays
WILLIAMSBURG, VA-The Broncs are competing this weekend at the Colonial Relays, hosted by the College of William & Mary. The men arre 8th of 24 teams and the women are 13th of 23 after the first day.
The women saved their best for last, as junior Nicole Tassello (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) won the final event of the night, the 10,000m with a Rider record time of 37:11.06. "That was great," said Rider head coach Bob Hamer. "It was a huge performance for her."
Senior Kelli Kaelin (Little Egg Harbor/Pinelands Regional) placed fifth (38:19.04) in the 10,000.
Senior Heather Giovagnoli (Royersford, Pa./Spring Ford) placed 17th in the 1500m (4:32.90), breaking the Rider record by almost nine seconds. "That was the best race Heather has ever run," Hamer said.
Junior Megan Elgin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) set a new Rider record in the 5,000m with a time of 17:22.26, finishing 21st. "Meg ran great," Hamer said. "She was able to finish much stronger than she has in the past."
For the Rider men, sophomore Chris McGovern (Old Bridge, N.J. /St. John Vianney) placed third in the javelin (188'). "He was real competitive today," Hamer said.
Junior Sean Donohue (Cliffwood Beach/Matawan) placed fourth in the 10,000m (30:32.28) and freshman Anthony Dentino (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) placed fifth in the 10,000m (30:33.65). "They both qualified for the IC4As today," Hamer said. "Sean said he didn't feel too great but he went out and ran a great race."
Junior James Burroughs (West Orange) won his heat in the 110m hurdles in an IC4A qualifying time of 14.41 and qualified for the finals on Saturday. Burroughs also placed 10th in the 400m hurdles (54.85).
Junior David Hightower (Easton, Pa./Easton) ran a 14.83 in the 110m hurdles preliminaries to qualify for the IC4As and Saturday's finals. Hightower was also 27th in the 200m dash (22.93).
"The hurdlers as a group performed very well," Hamer said. "They looked great in the trails and we're looking forward to having them come back in the finals on Saturday."
Senior Adam Haun (Holland, Pa./Council Rock South) placed fifth in the long jump (21'4.25"), freshman George Solujich (East Windsor, NJ/Notre Dame) placed sixth in the shot put (49'5.5"), freshman Jonathan Galya (Freehold, NJ/Freehold Twp.) placed seventh in the high jump (6'5"), sophomore George Osti (Union) placed eighth in the hammer throw (156'9") and senior Ron Moore (Nashville, Tenn./John Overton) placed eighth in the 400m hurdles (54.69). Junior Greg Smith (Milford, NJ/Delaware Valley) placed ninth in the long jump (21'6")
On Thursday night sophomore Rhea Phipps (Basking Ridge, NJ/Ridge) placed 12th in the hammer (135'9").
Also for the Rider women junior Mia Riley (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) ran a 12.28 in the 100m dash preliminaries, fifth fastest, to qualify for finals on Saturday. Riley also placed 19th in the 200m (25.96). "Mia had a great day and we're looking forward to see her run in the finals of the 100 tomorrow," Hamer said.
Also for the men junior Greg Wesh (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) placed 33rd in the 800m (1:55.343) and sophomore Matthew Millemann (Hillsborough) ran a PR in the 110m hurdles (15.01) preliminaries and qualified for finals on Saturday. Millemann placed 19th in the 400m hurdles (56.44).
In the 5,000m sophomore Corey O'Neil (Old Bridge, N.J. /Old Bridge), freshman Evan Cornell (Toms River East) and freshman Ariel Caceres (Union City) all set a PRs. O'Neill placed 42nd in 15:09.18, Cornell was 61st in (15:56), and Caceres placed 63rd in 16:03.
Competition continues Saturday morning.