By Shariq Marshall
The track and field team competed in three meets in three different states, as 13 personal bests were achieved among 11 athletes.
The first meet of the weekend was the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton.
For the men’s team, senior Dylan Hallahan ran a time of 9:23.92, placing him 25th out of 46 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
In this event, sophomore Bradley Kaufmann ran a personal best of 9:17.37. Junior Tom McLaughin ran a 4:03.57 in the men’s 1,500-meter.
Senior Anthony Dentino ran the 5,000-meter in 15:39.03.
Senior Emily Ritter managed to break her own personal best record in the women’s 3,000 with an impressive ECAC-qualifying time of 10:08.11, good for fourth overall in that event.
Head Coach Bob Hamer mentioned that although accomplishing a personal best is a great feat, Ritter still has some areas to improve in.
“She ran a patient and then aggressive race over the last 1000 meters,” said Hamer. “But she needs to improve her water barrier a bit prior to the NCAA meet, and then she has a real chance of making the NCAA finals.”
Junior Nicolette Mateescu ran an ECAC-qualifying time as well as a Rider record time of 16:59.65 in the 5,000.
Hamer commended Mateescu for her hard work and great execution.
“She stuck to our initial race plan and executed it perfectly and then really went for it over the last mile,” he said.
Junior Stephanie Welte also ran a personal best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.50.
The next trip was to Moravian College for the Greyhound Invitational.
Freshman Mike Pinnola ran a personal best time of 4:07.71 in the 1,500 which placed him 15th overall out of 56. Junior Jon Knipper placed eighth overall in the 3,000 with a time of 9:54.45.
Sophomore Connor Szwetkowski ran a personal best time of 15:32.64 which placed him third overall in the 5,000.
Freshman Alexandra Rae Santora placed second overall in the 3,000 with a personal best time of 11:54.75.
Rider also traveled to Elon on April 18 for the Phoenix Invitational.
On day one, senior Anthony DeFranco (11.26), freshman Shabazz Shuler (11.35) and freshman Jamie Harris (11.72) all ran the 100-meter dash. Freshman Andrew Horberg ran a 23.46 in the 200-meter and freshman Jamie Harris was close behind at 24.13.
In the 800, sophomore Scott Wood ran a personal record of 1:56.57.
Sophomore Devon Jefferson placed first overall, running a personal record and IC4A-qualifying time of 14.59, freshman Christin Patrick Jr. placed fourth overall with a time of 15.16, and freshman Juan Baxter ran a 15.37.
Devon Jefferson placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with another personal record time of 54.68, junior Darien Edwards ran a 57.05, junior Jalen Thomas ran a 57.85, sophomore Garrett Camp ran a 1:00.42, and sophomore Wilfred Asamoah ran a 1:02.13.
Christin Patrick Jr. won the high jump with a distance of 1.85.
Sophomore Erik Adamcik placed first in men’s pole vault with a 4.56.
“He rebounded from a few rough weeks and has become a good vaulter” Hamer said.
Senior David Prater won the triple jump with a jump of 12.46, and junior Charles Wilks threw the disc for an IC4A qualifying distance and personal record of 48.33.
Junior Miranda Roberts won the pole vault with a height of 10’6”. Freshman Karoline Sandvig threw the hammer for a personal record of 37.66. She also threw the javelin for a personal record of 26.58.
Hamer stated that the team is looking forward to competing in the Penn Relays on April 23 and 24 and having the remainder compete in the Lions Invitational at TCNJ.