Broncs place within the top five at Rider Invite

Freshman Tiera Rice helped the track and field team in its numerous first-place finishes as the Broncs hosted the Rider Invitational last weekend. The men placed third of six teams while the women took fifth of six teams.By Hal Goodwin

The Rider men and women continue to improve week after week as they finished this weekend’s Rider Invitational third and fifth, respectively.

The team saw several of its members, including the relay teams, come away with first-place finishes and a handful of others place in the top five.

“I think it’s a combination of practicing hard and being home at Rider,” Head Coach Rob Pasquariello said. “We talked to them about preparation and that’s all you can do. They went out and were aggressive and did what they were capable of doing.”

On the women’s side, freshman Chelsea Callan finished first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:04.57, while sophomore Dominique Carnevale won the 5,000 meter with a time of 20:28.01.

“We approached this weekend with the idea that we wanted to focus on the process,” said Assistant Coach Bob Hamer. “We felt that we could run with competition and we wanted to put ourselves in a good position at the end of the race. Dominique Carnevale did that in 500. And Callan won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the first time she’s run it at the collegiate level.”

Junior Elizabeth Spokony then followed that up by winning the triple jump with a personal best of 11.58 meters and placed sixth in the high jump with a height of 4’9”.

“This is by far Liz’s best year,” Pasquariello said. “She had some injury issues last year that really limited her, but this year she’s really done a great job in the weight room getting stronger as well as on the track. She’s really starting to understand the dynamics of the triple jump and the technical aspects and has really done a great job this year.”

For the men, freshman John Clark came away with first in the discus with a distance of 47.19 meters while also placing fifth in the hammer as well as the shot put.

For the Broncs’ relay teams, the men and women both had strong showings with the men winning the 4x800m relay with a time of 8:01.74 and the women finishing second in the 4x800m with a time of 10:07.57.

“We talked to them about preparation and that’s all you can do,” Pasquariello said. “You want to prepare the best you can and let the performances happen, and they did.”

Also for the women, junior Megan Crowe came in second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase while junior Tabatha Haskins placed second in the long jump with a distance of 16’4.5”, second in the triple jump at 11.08 meters, fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.6 and ninth in the discus with a distance of 28.91 meters.

Sophomore Karlise Cureton followed her teammates’ lead by placing second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.94 and ninth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.31, and junior Kelly Kajunski finished second in the high jump with a height of 5’5” and third in the triple jump with a distance of 10.67 meters.

Getting back to the men, sophomore Bob McCullough came in second in the 5,000-meter with a time of 16:01.98. Also, sophomore Kevin Breen placed second in the pole vault with a height of 4.5 meters, and freshman Christian Gonzalez placed third in the 800-meter with a time of 1:58.06.

Sophomore Alicia Price placed fourth in the hammer and fifth in the shot put with distances of 44.69 meters and 36’9.75”, respectively, while sophomore Kelsey Kohler placed fourth in the 1,500 meter with a time of 4:59.74. Freshman Ashley O’Brien and sophomore Lauel Lester placed fourth in the 5,000-meter with a time of 21:05.98 and sixth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:23.11, respectively.

This week some members of the team will compete in the Penn Relays before their next invitational meet, which will be held on April 26 at TCNJ.

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