Bronc Men Sign 17 for 2017-18

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: June 06, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Rider University Track and Field Head Coach Bob Hamer has announced the written commitments of 17 incoming student-athletes for the 2017-18 academic year. The 17 incoming freshmen will join the Bronc men.

During 2016-17, the Rider men captured their first-ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Indoor Championship and finished second at the MAAC Outdoor Championships. Head Coach Bob Hamer was named both 2017 MAAC Men's Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Indoor Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.

“Every year the goal in recruiting is to improve our team,” Hamer said. “I really believe that we have continued to do this with the commits we have for the spring signing and commitment period. We have added some stand out performers, some depth, and filled in some holes in our lineup. This group will definitely help us in our continued quest for MAAC championships.”

MEET THE CLASS

Marcquis Smallwood
Sprints
Mount Olive, NJ
Personal Bests
55m: 6.69
100m: 11.04
200m: 22.20
Notable Accomplishments
2017 New Jersey Sectional Champion- 200m

Ebner Edwards
Sprints
Mahwah, NJ
Personal Bests
200m: 22.53
400m: 49.00
400 hurdles: 56.53
Notable Accomplishments
2017 400m State Sectional Runner-up
2017 55m Big North Conference Runner-up
2017 200m Big North Conference Champion
2016 200m Big North Conference Champion
2017 400m Runner-up Bergen County Meet of Champions
2017 400 hurdle Runner-up Bergen County Championships

Brian Rivas
Sprints
Hamilton West, NJ
Personal Bests
400m: 50.92

Robert Erwin
Middle Distance
Pope John Paul II, PA
Personal Bests
800m: 2:02.10

Thomas Avolio
Middle Distance
Valhalla, NY
Personal Bests
400m: 51.47
600m: 1:22.48
800m: 1:58.49
Notable Accomplishments
2017 300m Section 1 Class C Champion
2017 400m Section 1 League 3A Champion
2017 600m Section 1 Class C Champion
2017 600m Westchester County Champion
2017 800m Section 1 League 3 Champion

Kenley Souffrant
Middle Distance
Hamilton North Nottingham, NJ
Personal Bests
400m: 51.15
600m: 1:25.21
800m: 1:56.11
Notable Accomplishments
2017 800m Marine Corps Holiday Classic Champion

Johnathan Nguyen
Hurdles
Absegami, NJ
Personal Bests
55 hurdles: 7.83
110 hurdles: 14.99
Notable Accomplishments
2017 NJSIAA Group 3 State 55 hurdles 3rd place
2017 Atlantic County Champion 110 hurdles
2017 Cape Atlantic League Runner-up 110 hurdles

Christian Wiedman
Hurdles
Old Bridge, NJ
Personal Bests
55 hurdles: 7.77
110 hurdles: 14.82
400 hurdles: 54.82
Notable Accomplishments
2017 400 hurdle GMC Champion
2017 110 hurdle GMC Runner-up

Matt Siley
Jumps
Palisades, PA
Personal Bests
High Jump: 6-2
Long Jump: 22-5
Triple Jump: 45-10
Notable Accomplishments
2017- PIAA District XI AA Runner-up – Long Jump
2017- PIAA District XI AA Champion- Triple Jump
2017- EPC/ Colonial Conference Champion- Triple Jump

Magnus Selden
Jumps/ Throws
Wallkill Valley, NJ
Personal Bests
Long Jump: 21-3
Triple Jump: 45-7
Javelin: 151-9
Notable Accomplishments
2017 NJAC Small Schools Champion- Triple Jump
2016 7th place- New Jersey Meet of Champions- Triple Jump

Connor Gromlich
Throws
Council Rock North, PA
Personal Bests
Shot Put: 47-3.5

Nolan Gromlich
Jumps
Council Rock North, PA
Personal Bests
High Jump: 6-4
Triple Jump: 42-3.25

Stephen Chesonis
Throws
Lenape Valley, NJ
Personal Bests
Javelin: 168-8

Kystel Spinks
Throws
Northern Burlington, NJ
Personal Bests
Discus- 152-0

Danny Daurio
Distance
Bogota, NJ
Personal Bests
1600m: 4:21.93
3200m: 9:21.39
Notable Accomplishments
2016, 2017 NJSIAA 1600m Sectional Champion
2016, 2017 NJSIAA 3200m Sectional Champion
2017 3200m New Jersey State Indoor Champion Group 1
2016 3200m Bergen County Champion
2017 3200m Group 1 State Runner-up

Scott Ruskan
Distance
Warren Hills, NJ
Personal Bests
800m: 2:00.43
1600m: 4:31.55
3200m: 9:59.67

Tyler Gowdy
Sprints
Roselle Catholic, NJ
Personal Bests
400m: 50.86

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