Broncs wrap up competition at Rutgers Invitational
PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rider University men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams earned three more top finishes on Day 2 of the Rutgers Invitational, posting eight first-place finishes for the meet. Christin Patrick (East Orange, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) took first in the 60 meter hurdles a day after winning the high jump. Johnathan Jackson (Roselle, NJ/Magnet) also won the mile, while Danniel Belay (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) took the top spot in the 3,000 meters.
“We were hoping for a bit better performances from some but it was a good start coming off the break,” said Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer. “We have many things to work on and we will get right to work on Monday to improve these deficiencies in preparation for next Friday's meet.”
Patrick won the 60 meter hurdles in 8.53 seconds.
“We picked up three more event wins today which was a nice thing for those athletes,” said Hamer. “Patrick ends up with two wins this weekend. He had a good December and he has carried that momentum into January.”
Jackson won the mile in 4:19.30.
“Jackson ran a nice mile to get the victory in an event that he does not always focus on,” said Hamer. “In order to improve his 800 meters, we have focused on building his strength and it is really starting to show in the results. He was able to pull away from his competitors convincingly in the last 600 meters to secure the win.”
Belay won the 3k in 8:35.96.
“Belay ran a real nice race for him,” said Hamer. “This was the first time in a long time that he was able to finish a race with conviction. We have big expectations for Belay and this was a much needed win for his confidence.”
The Broncs return to action Friday, when they travel to Saint Thomas Aquinas at noon.
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