Broncs Host Rider Invitational Saturday
Events Begin at 12 noon
LAWRENCEVILLE-The Rider University track is annually the site of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship, and will be again this year in May.
On Saturday, the campus track will host the Rider Invitational, as teams from Molloy, Seton Hall, Monmouth, Sacred Heart, La Salle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Kingsborough, Montclair State, C.W. Post and Georgian Court will compete with the Broncs.
Competition begins at 12 noon with the women's pole vault and hammer, along with the men's high jump. On the track, the women's 3,000m steeplechase also begins at 12 noon.
The Broncs will be led by junior Mia Riley (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell), senior Heather Giovagnoli (Royersford, Pa./Spring Ford) and junior Nicole Tassello (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) on the women's side.
Both Riley and Tassello have been honored this year by the MAAC as Performers of the Week.
Riley won the MAAC 100m dash last spring, while Tassello recently set a new Rider record in the 10,000 meters. Giovagnoli holds the Rider records for both the mile and the 1500m.
Strebeck won the triple jump at the MAAC indoor championships this past winter.
On the men's side, junior Sean Donohue (Cliffwood Beach/Matawan) and freshman Anthony Dentino (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) will lead the distance events. Donohue was second in the MAAC 10,000m championship last year, while Dentino was Rider's top cross country runner this past fall.
Junior James Burroughs (West Orange) and junior David Hightower (Easton, Pa./Easton) are expected to do well in the hurdles. Hightower broke the MAAC record in the 110m hurdles last spring and finished second in the 400m hurdles to Burroughs.
Merino was third in the discus and fourth in the shot put last spring at the MAAC Championships.
Galya was third in the MAAC high jump this past winter.
This will be Rider's last home meet before the MAAC Championships, so come out and get a conference championship preview.