On Saturday the annual Blue Gold Classic invitational held at Rosedale Park opened up the 2014 season for two New Jersey college and one PA visiter. A really tight race lead to a Rider mens victory and a TCNJ womens victory both only seperated by 2 or 3 points!
In the mens 5000 meter race Rider went 1-4-5-6-10 for 27 points compared to TCNJ's 29 team points. The rider men were led by Anthony Dentino a senior who graduated from Washington Twp HS as he finished number one overall at 15:50.
After Dentino's finish TCNJ made a big push as sophomore Andrew Tedeschi (Montville Twp HS) and freshmen Dale Johnson (West Deptford HS) kicked it in for 2nd and 3rd at 16:08 and 16:10. However the effort would be squashed as Rider answered back with a major pack run; going 4th through 6th Sam Knipper, 16:11, Dylan Hallahan, 16:12, and Danniel Belay, 16:15, put the stage down for their fifth runner Milke Pionnola who would cap off the win with a 10th place finish at 16:23. Would have been a great finish to watch as 4 key places all came across the line within 4 seconds of each other.
The girls race was just as close with the team decision coming down to 3 points. TCNJ took this one 28 to 31 over the Rider Broncs. The Rider women made a case for their own victory taking the first two spots and three of the top five. Emily Ritter won individually with a 5k time of 18:59 followed by teammate Nicolette Mateescu at 19:15, the teams 5th place runner was Megan McGarrity at 19:37.
From there is was all TCNJ making the comeback victory. The Lions took 3rd and 4th thanks to Tara Nealon at 19:17 and Carly Martz (Pt. Pleasant Boro 2012) at 19:27, but the awesome pack finish that took over spots 6-10 was too much to handle. That pack consisted of 6th place Laura Straub (North Warren) at 19:45, tied for 7th Allison Fournier (Wayne Valley) and Megan Stack both at 19:55, and tied for 9th Liz Johnson and Jullian Manzo at 19:55.
Rider Athletics Site Recap - Boys / Girls
Womens Top Results 5K
|1||Ritter, Emily||Rider University||18:59.00||1|
|2||Mateescu, Nicolette||Rider University||19:15.00||2|
|3||Nealon, Tara||8||The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)||19:17.00||3|
|4||Martz, Carly||The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)||19:27.00||4|
|5||McGarrity, Megan||Rider University||19:37.00||5|
|1||The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)||28||3+4+6+7+8 (9+10)||0:38 1-5 Split | 19:39 Avg|
|2||Rider University||31||1+2+5+11+12 (13+14)||1:36 1-5 Split | 19:43 Avg|
Mens Top Results 5K
|1||Dentino, Anthony||Rider University||15:50.00||1|
|2||Tedeschi, Andrew||The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)||16:08.00||2|
|3||Johnson, Dale||The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)||16:10.00||3|
|4||Knipper, Sam||Rider University||16:11.00||4|
|5||Hallahan, Dylan||Rider University||16:12.00||5|
|1||Rider University||27||1+4+5+6+11 (12+14)||0:33 1-5 Split | 16:10 Avg|
|2||The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)||29||2+3+7+8+9 (10+16)||0:11 1-5 Split | 16:14 Avg|
|3||Saint Joseph's University||82||13+15+17+18+19 (20+21)||0:39 1-5 Split | 16:47 Avg|