TCNJ's Blue Gold Classic Boasts Exciting Finishes


Full Results

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.

TCNJ Athletics Site Recap - Boys / Girls

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Womens Top Results 5K

Place Athlete   Team Result Points
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
Team Scores
Place Team Points Scorers Times
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

Place Athlete   Team Result Points
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
Team Scores
Place Team Points Scorers Times
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