By Thomas Albano
As the road to the MAAC Championship continues, the Broncs split the team for the first time this season and will do so again later this week.
Some of the men and women participated in the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton on April 18 and 19. The rest of the team went to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Greyhound Invitational on April 19.
Head Coach Bob Hamer felt that the move paid off.
“We had some real good performances at both meets,” Hamer said. “Both meets provided the right amount of competition for each of the athletes. That is why we split the squad, to ensure that each athlete was given the right situation to provide the best opportunity for him or her to compete at his or her best.”
At the Larry Ellis Invitational, top performances from the men included freshman sprinter Lamont Higgins, who finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.32 seconds, an IC4A qualifying time, and junior distance runner Dylan Hallahan, who finished the 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:11.96, giving him a personal record and qualifying him for the IC4As.
The women at the Princeton meet saw two distance runners break Rider records. Junior Emily Ritter finished ninth in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:28.76, and graduate Megan Elgin finished 29th in the 5000-meter run in 17:12.52. In addition to setting new school records, both qualified for ECACs.
Sophomore hurdler Dashana Ransome finished 10th in the 100-meter hurdles in an ECAC qualifying time of 14.34 seconds.
Meanwhile, at the Greyhound Invitational, the men saw strong performances from three freshmen: distance runner Brad Kaufmann, who won the 3000-meter steeplechase with a total time of 9:37.91; distance runner Salman Khalid, who finished third in the 5000-meter run in 15:10.97; and pole vaulter Erik Adamcik, who finished fourth with a height of 4.4 meters.
In addition, sophomore mid-distance runner Tom McLaughlin finished sixth in the 800-meter run with 1:56.81.
While McLaughlin did not come out on top in the race, he feels motivated by his performance.
“I felt as if I had one of my best races in a while,” McLaughlin said. “I could have ran a little smarter but that race gave me a lot of confidence after just recently coming back from an injury.”
The women at the Greyhound Invitational saw notable performances from freshman distance runner Megan McGarrity, who finished fifth in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:48.20, and junior Taylor Harmon, who tied for fifth in the high jump with a distance of 1.52 meters.
The squads will be split again in the coming week, as part of the team will participate in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia from April 24-26, while the other half of the team will go to The College of New Jersey on April 26 for the Lions’ Invitational.
With these being the final meets until the MAAC Championship, Hamer looks to utilize similar strategy.
“We have several relays and individuals that have qualified for Penn Relays,” Hamer said. “Those select individuals will compete and the remainder will compete at TCNJ. It is the last opportunity to get seed times or performances for the MAAC meet.”