Rider struggles in Regional at Penn State

By Victoria Lyons

Following the MAAC Championships, the cross country team geared up for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by Penn State last Saturday. The Broncs competed amongst the elite teams in the region, where the men finished 22nd out of 28 and the women placed 23rd out of the 29 teams, concluding its season.

According to head coach Bob Hamer, the women have much to be proud of, while the men had an unanticipated outcome.

“The women did very well. This was their best effort as a team all year and I was very excited as a result,” he said. “The men had higher expectations going into the meet and it just did not go the way that we expected.”

Princeton won the men’s race, while Villanova was a close second. Villanova secured the victory in the women’s race with Georgetown right behind.

Senior Chelsea Callan’s hard work paid off, earning 66th place among the 204 runners, and finishing the 6K course in 22:30.

“Chelsea Callan really stepped up and ran a great race,” Hamer said. “She finally performed at the level that was reflective of her training and commitment. She was able to relax for the early portion of the race and then she was able to attack the hills on the second half.”

The Rider women have had a tough season, but were able to overcome the adversity in the race.

“We have been hit with some injuries this year but the women have responded very well,” Hamer said.

Sophomore Jillian Shutt placed 126th with a time of 23:32, while sophomore Erin Fitzgibbons was close behind in 128th, finishing in 23:33.

Also for the Rider women, sophomore Nicole Tassello earned a time of 24:24, placing 160th, with sophomore Paige McAtee finishing 176th in 25:00.

The Rider men were persistent in their hard work, but came up short Saturday.

“They are competing hard but we are not getting the desired results,” Hamer said.

The first of the Rider men to complete the 10K course was junior Michael Lindner, who placed 91st amid the 194 runners in 32:37.

Sophomore Sean Donohue was 117th with a time of 33:14, senior Mike Soroko finished 130th in 33:41 and sophomore Sean McCullough earned 133rd place with a time of 33:43.

Additionally, sophomore Josh Frake ran 34:47 to finish 157th, while freshman Avery Schofield came in at 34:58, earning 164th place.

The Broncs’ 2010 season concludes with the IC4A/ECAC Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in New York on Saturday.

Senior Chelsea Callan placed 66th out of 204 in the NCAA Regional, finishing the 6K course in 22:30.
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