May 17, 2014, PRINCETON (ISN) – The Rider University men’s and women’s track and field teams are competing in Princeton this weekend with the men at the 138th IC4A and the women at the 31th Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships.
On Friday for Rider women at ECACs, junior Emily Ritter (Millsboro, Del./Sussex Tech) earned All-East in the steeplechase with a third place finish, running a Rider record 10:21.82.
“Emily ran an outstanding race,” said head coach Bob Hamer. “It was a great effort for her and a personal best by 18 seconds. She followed the race plan exactly and finished strong over the last 800 meters. It is a huge race that will qualify her for NCAAs in Jacksonville. This was only her third time competing in this event and she has obviously adapted well.”
Sophomore Nicolette Mateescu (Kendall Park/South Brunswick) placed 14th in the 10,000 meter with a Rider record time of 36:41.36.
“Niky ran a real nice race to break the 10k record,” Hamer said. “She has run so well this year and it was nice to see her rewarded with the record. She is a great person who has earned the results she is achieving now.”
For the Rider men on Friday at IC4As, junior Dylan Hallahan (Wrightstown/Northern Burlington Regional) was 26th in the steeplechase (9:32.60).
“Dylan had a great year, even with a tough event tonight,” Hamer said. “He will use the experiences from this season and continue to grow for next year.”
Also for the Bronc women at ECACs, graduate student Megan Elgin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) was 44th in the 5,000 meter (18:02.31).
“Megan had a tough race tonight,” Hamer added. “She’s had a great career and with all of the records she has set, she has raised the bar for Rider distance running. She will be missed but her legacy will be inspiring others to achieve at a very high level. We are proud of her career and accomplishments.”
Competition continues on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Peter G. Borg (Rider University) Emily Ritter