May 13, 2014, SWARTHMORE, Pa. (ISN) – In the final meet before the IC4A and ECAC championships this coming weekend, Rider University sent several track and field athletes to Swarthmore to compete in the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, Monday afternoon.

For the Rider men, junior George Solujich (East Windsor/Notre Dame) took full advantage of his final opportunity and threw an IC4A qualifying and Rider record distance of 16.87 meters in the shot put, finishing second with junior David Prater (Columbus/Northern Burlington Regional) placing runner-up in the triple jump with a distance of 14.09 meters.

“We had a solid night,” said head coach Bob Hamer.  “The highlight was Solujich with the Rider record.  He has had a rough go of it lately but you could tell he was ready to hit a big throw.  He had his best series of the season and is hitting his stride at the right time.  Prater had a bad injury at the beginning of the outdoor season and he worked so hard just to get back for the conference championships.  We are expecting a big year from him next season.”

Also for the Rider men, freshman Christopher Reubel (Moorestown) was fifth in the 400 meter with a personal best time of 49.49, freshman Devon Jefferson (Franklin Park/Franklin) was fifth in the 110 meter hurdles (15.18), freshman Wil Asamoah (Edison) was sixth in the 110 meter hurdles (15.24) and sophomore Charles Wilks (Secane, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) was seventh in the discus with a throw of 45.60 meters.

Sophomore Jalen Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Reservoir) was 15th in the 400 meter (51.16) and junior Anthony Dentino (Sewell/Washington Township) was 18th in the 5000 meter (15:05.01).

For the Rider women, freshman Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) was 30th in the 800 meter (2:20.49).

Freshman Johnathan Jackson (Roselle/Magnet) was 30th in the 800 meter in a personal best of 1:54.10, sophomore Tom McLaughlin (Egg Harbor Twp.) was 39th in the 800 meter with a ‘PR’ of 1:56.01 and junior Derek Lake (Middletown, N.Y./Pine Bush) was 48th in the 800 meter (1:57.53).

“A few of the younger guys ran ‘PR’s,” Hamer said.  “Reubel in the 400 and Jackson in the 800.  Reubel has only competed in the outdoor season but has done a great job and Jackson has only resumed racing recently after an injury and has put forth some good efforts.  His future looks bright.”

Rider competes at the 138th IC4A and 31st ECAC championships, hosted by Princeton University May 16-18.

“We have about 25 athletes qualified for this weekend including the relays,” Hamer said.  “We are excited to compete and think we can get some NCAA regional qualifiers as well as some All-East performances.”

Photo courtesy of Peter G. Borg (Rider University) George Solujich