Outdoor Track and Field
Rider at IC4A/ECAC Championships - Day Three
Burroughs/Hightower All-East in 110m Hurdles
Four-Broncs Earn All-East for the Weekend
Soroko/Burroughs Head to NCAA Regional Meet
PRINCETON--Several members of the Rider University men's and women's track and field teams competed at the 136th IC4A and the 29th ECAC Outdoor Track and Field championships, hosted by Princeton University this weekend.
On Sunday for Rider, junior David Hightower (Easton, Pa./Easton) earned All-East honors with a fifth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles (14.58) with teammate, junior James Burroughs (West Orange) also earning All-East honors, placing sixth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.67.
"It's great for David and James to get All-East again," said head coach Bob Hamer. "They have been consistent performers for us all season. David was also All-East during the indoor season so it was nice for him to keep that streak going. They both showed up and did well in a high pressure situation."
Last year, Hightower and Burroughs both earned All-East honors, Hightower in the 110 meter hurdles (fourth) and Burroughs with his seventh place finish in the 400 meter hurdles.
For the Broncs on Friday night, graduate student Michael Soroko (Kinnelon) finished fourth in the steeplechase with a time of 8:58.12, earning All-East honors for the second year in a row while also qualifying for the NCAA regional meet in Jacksonville, Florida May 24-26.
Soroko joins Burroughs for the NCAA meet. Burroughs qualified for NCAAs in the 400 meter hurdles at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships last weekend, winning MAAC gold with a conference record tying time of 52.39.
Also on Friday evening, freshman Anthony Dentino (Sewell/Washington Township) was seventh in the 10,000 meter race with a personal best 30:22.60, also earning All-East honors.
"Having four All-East performers is great," Hamer said. "You come to this meet and you have some highs and some lows. The good thing is that the highs were really, really good and everyone put forth their best effort. I want the team to learn from the experiences this weekend and we'll grow as a program from what they went through. I think it shows how far we've come as a program that we aren't satified with doing 'ok' at this type of meet and that we want to excel and take things to the next level."