Rider Opens the MAAC Championship Strong on Saturday

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: May 06, 2017
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Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The Rider University track and field team had a strong start to the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Outdoor Championships on Saturday afternoon on campus. The Broncs, serving as the host to the event for the second straight spring, saw medal performances and program records fall on the first day of the two-day event.

Heading into Sunday, the Rider men are in fifth-place with 20 points and the Bronc women currently sit in second-place with 41 points. The Monmouth men and women lead the way through one day of action with 58 and 80 points, respectively.

Freshman Asia Young (Pleasantville, NJ/Holy Spirit) took first place in the Women's Long Jump with a mark of 5.98m. Her leap gave her a gold medal to earn Rider 10 pivotal points and it also set a new Rider record.  

In the hammer throw, the Bronc women placed three student-athletes in the top-eight led by Karoline Sandvig (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor Plainsboro HS South) and her fourth-place finish. Sandvig had a toss of 52.81m. Ashley Berry (Somerset, NJ/Franklin) and Fidele Jules (Tinton Falls, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Berry posted a mark of 48.71m and Jules had a throw of 48.02m.

In the women's pole vault Daniella Izzo (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick) finished in third-place and earned six Rider points thanks to clearing 3.40m.

In the men's javelin throw, Rider got points from both Kyle Bryant (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill HS East) and Matt Kraemer (Budd Lake, NJ/East Stroudsburg/Mount Olive). Bryant finished in fifth with a throw of 52.81m and Kraemer landed in eighth with a toss of 46.55m.

The Rider women had two competitors earn points in the javelin throw thanks to strong performances from Kathryn Campbell (Hiawatha, NJ /Parsippany) and Tumi Nwanma (Vineland, NJ /Vineland). Campbell landed in third-place with a toss of 43.40m and Nwanma ended up in eighth with a toss of 36.85.

In the men's long jump, Tyree Adams (Hamilton, NJ (Hamilton West) and Ethan Dowie (Pearl River, NY/Pearl River) finished sixth and seventh for Rider. Adams had a leap of 6.93m and Dowie posted a mark of 6.11m.

Senior Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, PA/St. Basil's Academy) finished third in the 10,000m run with a time of 37:02.29 to pick up six points for Rider.

NOTES & QUOTES
“I am really pleased with our first day efforts,” Rider Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “We had some really great stand-out performances and set ourselves up very well for the finals on Sunday.  The men left a few points out there in some events today that would have helped our score for the day, but we are hopeful that we can make it up on Sunday.”

“Asia was great again today winning the long jump,” Hamer added. “She is a tremendous competitor and she fought hard to get the victory today.  She shows tremendous poise and she has an ability to shine when we need her in championship events.  These are qualities that take some time to develop, but she is way ahead of the curve right now.  She then came back to make the 200 final which is very impressive.”

“Daniella Izzo and Meg McGarrity stepped up to finish 3rd and score some points for the team,” Hamer noted. “Both of them have been steady performers all year and we needed them to come through again for us today.”

“Campbell had some big throws in the javelin today,” Hamer stated. “She has struggled a bit this season to find her form, but today she really threw a big one out there.  She has worked very hard and it was nice to see her get the qualifying mark and finish 3rd for the team.”

“The sprints and hurdles group was really good today,” Hamer said. “Their job was to get as many as possible into the final and they did an admirable job in qualifying many to the final. The next step is scoring some big points in each of the finals.  That was the challenge to the group post meet.  We need to step up score big points in the events that we have several finalists in order for our team to be successful.”

“I really believe we have set ourselves up nicely for Sunday and we are looking forward to the opportunity to get after it tomorrow,” Hamer said.

- Kraemer also posted a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 54.28m. His finish earned Rider five points.
- Rae Santora finished in seventh-place in the women's 3,000m Steeplechase with a time of 11:23.97.
- Brad Kaufmann finished fourth in the men's 3,000m Steeplechase, crossing the finish line at 9:19.40.

UP NEXT
Rider closes out the 2017 MAAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday, May 7, with a full day of action on campus in Lawrenceville. 
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