Broncs welcome competition at Rider Invitational

By Cristiana Votta

Working off of a solid performance in the Colonial Relays on April 5-6, the Broncs will have a home-field advantage when they host the Rider Invitational on April 13.

The Colonial Relays brought 27 women’s teams and 31 men’s teams to Williamsburg, Va. The Rider men placed 11th, while the women finished 10th. With a jam-packed weekend, the Broncs are focusing on a solid recovery in order to perform to their highest potential at the Rider Invitational.

“For us, we are just trying to be careful,” Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “We competed in a heavy workload last weekend, and it was a pretty far trip. Rest and recovery are just as important as all the workouts.”

With the Rider Invitational at home this weekend, the team looks forward to capitalizing on some of the benefits it will have.

“I think that having a home-field advantage on the track and the field that we practice on every day, gives us a strong advantage,” junior thrower George Osti said. “We are used to the facilities, we feel comfortable and we will have a good crowd.”

The Broncs look to host approximately 20 teams from Division I, II, III and some junior colleges.

“It will be a nice number of teams,” Hamer said. “It’s not too big and it’s not too small, so every event is going to be competitive.”

With the MAAC Championship also at Rider, the Broncs are looking to gain some confidence at home.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to get some experience on our own home track,” Osti said. “It will be a nice tune-up going into the final weeks.”

Hamer is happy with the depth he has seen from his team through the season.

“We have a well-rounded program, and we are in every event,” Hamer said. “We have quality athletes around the board and that always helps in a big invitational.”

With that being said, the Broncs feel that hard work and determination will guarantee them a solid MAAC Championship performance.

“I think what’s working for the team is that everyone is putting as much effort in as they possibly can,” Osti said. “The only thing we need to improve on is bringing it harder toward a MAAC Championship. We are a stacked team. We just need to perform to the best of our abilities when it comes to championship time.”

Contact this writer at vottac@theridernews.com


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