By Victoria Lyons
The Rider track and field team battled through the rain this past Saturday at the Hopkins/Loyola Invite, with both the men and the women winning several events.
Despite the rough weather, the Broncs came through with strong performances, according to head coach Bob Hamer, as they head into the Larry Ellis Invitational this weekend.
“I thought that we did very well, considering the conditions,” Hamer said. “With the cold, rain and wind it was very challenging for the field event athletes to perform at their desired capabilities. However, on the track we performed very well.”
For the Rider men, senior Michael Soroko won the 1,500-meter, earning a time of 4:09.36, while sophomore James Burroughs placed first in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.11 and second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.72.
“[James] is having a great outdoor season and he is very close to a big breakthrough performance,” Hamer said.
Sophomore Greg Wesh finished first in the 800-meter in 1:54.73. Sophomore Jorge Merino earned first place in the shot put with a distance of 14.38 meters and freshman Wilvenson Baptiste won the 200-meter in 22.68 and the 400-meter in 50.52.
Other achievements for the Rider men consisted of freshman George Osti coming in first in the hammer throw with a distance 43.64 meters and sophomore Dave Brown winning the 400-meter hurdles, earning a time of 54.71.
The Rider women had accomplishments of their own with sophomore Erin McMullin finishing first in the 200-meter with a time of 26.37 and the 400-meter in 1:01.87.
“[Erin] won two events and continued her successful outdoor season,” Hamer said. “She has shown that she can compete with the best on any given day.”
Sophomore Ashley Hunter won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.81 and the 400-meter hurdles, earning a time of 1:05.98, while sophomore Krista Musinski placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 10.06 meters and second in the long jump in 4.48 meters.
Also for the Rider women, sophomore Mia Riley placed first in the 100-meter in 12.69 with senior Jillian Rubbico right behind in second with a time of 13.07. Freshman Lauryn Strebeck came in second in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.07 and sophomore Jordyn Horning finished second in the 400-meter in 1:03.56.
Junior Kelli Kaelin stepped up in her 5,000-meter race, according to Hamer, finishing seventh in 18:52.08.
“[Kelli] achieved a 19 second [personal record] in the 5,000,” Hamer said. “It was a great effort by her with difficult weather hindering most people. She has trained very hard for a long time and she is living proof that if you work hard and stay healthy you will improve each year.”
Rider is prepared for its next contest this weekend.
“We are excited about the opportunity to compete at Princeton this week and we are looking to achieve some additional IC4A and ECAC qualifying marks and maybe get a few NCAA first round qualifying performances as well,” Hamer said.