By Tom Albano
With the end of the season right around the corner, the Broncs held their annual invitational on their home turf, dominating the competition.
The Broncs felt proud of their performance at the Rider Invitational on April 13.
“We pulled through,” senior hurdler and sprinter Dave Brown said. “Everyone just picked up in their individual events and collectively, we did a good job.”
The women’s side had the highlight of the competition with freshman Madeline Hummel winning the 400-meter hurdles in 1:02.45, a new Rider record that breaks the previous one from 1999.
The women finished first out of 13 teams with 260 points — 140 ahead of Sacred Heart, who placed second, while the men also finished first. Overall, the team earned 231.5 points — 105 points ahead of second place.
The victory at home continues a path of success that both teams have been on, with this being the second double first-place finish by both teams this season.
Head Coach Bob Hamer has prepared his team all season for this event and knows it will try its hardest to succeed.
“It’s definitely challenging and tough to maintain a certain level of performance week in and week out,” Hamer said. “We train all year. We preach to our teams that we need to be as great as we can be each day and when you do that — when you get the chance to perform — hopefully, we can perform at a very high level.”
Brown said that at this point in the season, each athlete is more worried about technique.
“It’s basically just sharpening up at this point,” Brown said. “It’s just focusing on technique and sharpening up those loose ends to get to that big picture.”
Hamer said that this is the point where the athletes get extremely determined.
“It’s one of those things where we keep the athletes motivated and from the other standpoint, keep performing at a high level,” he said. “The more excited about the performance they become, the more focused they become at practice.”
The Broncs will continue their season with two events, the Larry Ellis Invitational today and April 20 and the Greyhound Invitational also on April 20. Qualifying athletes will participate in the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., while the rest will travel to Bethlehem, Pa. for the Greyhound Invitational.