Leaping into third, Rider track and field teams place in top 3 at MAACs

Junior Erik Adamcik won the pole vault at the 2016 MAAC Championships.
Junior Erik Adamcik won the pole vault at the 2016 MAAC Championships.

By Shanna O’Mara

The men’s and women’s track teams both placed third among eight teams at the 2016 MAAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York on Feb. 21

“We had a decent meet on Sunday,” Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “The goal was to finish in the top three on both sides, and we achieved that goal. We had some outstanding individual performances that were highlighted by our individual champions.”

Senior Daria Chadwick won the high jump with an ECAC-qualifying height of 5’7”. She also placed third in the 60m hurdles with a personal record of 8.87 seconds.

“Chadwick had a great meet,” Hamer said. “She was great in the 60 hurdles and then came back to win the high jump later in the meet. She has really been competing at a high level all year, and I’m very excited for her success.”

Freshman Ashley Berry won the shot put (44’5.5”) and placed sixth in the weight throw (48’9.5”).

“Berry is having an outstanding year and that contributed greatly today to her ability to win the shot put,” Hamer said.

Senior Olivia Rosenberger won the triple jump with an ECAC-qualifying distance of 11.52m.

“Rosenberger is a great kid who trains and competes very hard everyday,” Hamer said. “She was the top seed in her event, and that sometimes can lead to feeling a lot of pressure that will hinder your performance. She handled it perfectly today and went out and won the event with some really good early jumps. I’m really proud of her, and I am very excited for her success up to this point.”

Junior Erik Adamcik won the pole vault, clearing a height of 15’3”.

“Adamcik has struggled a bit at times this year, but he put it together when it mattered the most today at the championship,” Hamer said. “He is a tough competitor, and that came through today when he cleared the winning height on his first attempt and put the pressure on his competitors.”

Senior Darien Edwards placed second in the 800m in 1:53.29. Sophomore Tyree Adams placed second in the long jump (23’7.5”).

Senior Nicolette Mateescu placed second in the 5,000m in 17:18.75.

“I was excited about finishing second in the 5k,” Mateescu said. “I was a little disappointed I didn’t get a chance to run directly against the girl who came in first because we were both in separate heats, but it is what it is. Overall, it was a nice race.”

She also placed 10th in the 3,000 in 10:07.97 behind junior Megan McGarrity who ran a 10:07.94.

“The 3k was a fast race in general, and I was happy for the personal record, especially running it with my teammate Meg McGarrity,” Mateescu said. “It was special to run personal bests together. Placing would have been nice, so I am a little disappointed with that though.”

The men’s 4×400 relay placed fourth in 3:23.43, and the distance medley relay team placed sixth in 10:27.28.

The women’s 4×400 relay placed fourth in 4:01.01, and the distance medley relay placed fourth in 12:09.54.

Although the Broncs placed in the top three, Hamer had higher hopes for the team.

“I feel that we left some points in several events that could have improved our overall finish,” Hamer said. “The MAAC is a very competitive track and field conference and you need to be competing at align level in every event to be successful. Unfortunately, we came up a bit short in a few areas.”

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