The College Report: Rider's Burroughs of West Orange Hurdles to Two Wins at MAAC Meet
Monday, May 7, 2012 • 6:11pm
James Burroughs (West Orange, Jr.) won two events over the hurdles on Sunday to lead Rider’s men to a runner-up finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Lawrenceville. Burroughs broke the tape at both 110 meters (14.74) and 400 meters (52.39).
“James did a great job,” said Bob Hamer, Rider’s head coach. “He ran a tremendous IM hurdles race today and that time should get him to the NCAA first/second round.”
“In the 110 hurdles, it was a relief to finally win the race,” Burroughs said. “I have a friendly competition with my teammate [David Hightower] and we engage in a lot of banter before our races, and it’s nice to finally get a win over him. Racing against this type of competition, to win, it feels great. I have rivals from St. Peter’s and Manhattan, and they always bring their best each time out. We all push each other to be better.”
Rider’s Anthony DeFranco (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) captured fourth place in the men’s pole vault at the MAAC. His best vault saw him clear the bar at 4.50 meters. Manhattan’s Brian McGovern vaulted 5.06 meters for the win. DeFranco also got sixth place in the men’s 100 meters with an 11.26 clocking in a race won by St. Peter’s Jonathan Ocasio in 10.94.
Rider’s Sydney Grimes (West Orange, Fr.) finished seventh of 15 competitors in the women’s shot put at the MAAC. She got off a best throw of 10.90 meters. The winning throw was delivered by St. Peter’s Cristina Vilsaint, who sent the implement 12.03 meters. Grimes also got seventh place in a 13-woman field in the hammer throw. Her best effort traveled 42.47 meters, with Vilsaint again throwing the farthest – 52.15 meters.
Rider’s Ashley Edwards (Westfield, Fr.) got seventh place in the women’s 200 meter dash at the MAAC with a time of 25.96. The best time of 24.61 among the contestants in the three heats belonged to Manhattan’s Cara Rostant.
Also at the MAAC, St. Peter’s Shontel Clarke (West Orange, Jr.) claimed seventh place in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Her time was 1:08.56, with teammate Shona Potrzuski getting the win in 1:00.38.
Cornell’s Erin Rossi (Scotch Plains, Sr.) got second place in the women’s hammer throw at the Heptagonal Championships in Philadelphia on Sunday. Rossi uncorked a best throw of 54.78 meters (or 179 feet, 9 inches) that was exceeded only by Brown’s Lacey Craker, who got off a winning throw of 55.75 meters.
Brown’s Susan Scavone (Summit, Sr.) placed third in the women’s 100-meter hurdles in the Heptagonals. She was clocked in 14.27 in a race won by Penn’s Gabrielle Piper in 14:09.
Columbia’s Mallory Anderson (Madison, Jr.) was the fourth finisher in the women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase at the Heps. She was caught by the teletimer in 10:28.03. Dartmouth’s Alexi Pappas was the race winner in 9:58.80.
Dartmouth’s Bridget End (Summit, Soph.) was 11th to finish in the women’s 10,000 meters at the Heps. Her time was 37:29.85 in a race won by Cornell’s Katie Kellner in 34:07.85.
Columbia’s Caroline Williams (Westfield, Soph.) was 13th to cross in the women’s 3,000 meters at the Heps. She needed 9:53.07 in a race won by Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino in 9:24.64.
Princeton’s Tyler Udland (Millburn, Soph.) finished sixth in the men’s 5,000 meters at the Heptagonals. His time was 14:13.96 in a race won by teammate Joe Stilin in 14:05.62.
Dartmouth’s Jacob Neumann (Chatham, Fr.) got 10th place in the discus at the Heps. His best throw, his third, traveled 45.59 meters (or 149 feet, 7 inches). Yale’s Michael Levine got off the winning throw of 53.79 meters.
Villanova’s Brian Basili (South Orange, Fr.) finished 16th in the men’s 5,000 meters at the Big East Championships in Tampa, Fla. He got the distance in 14:46.65, with teammate Sam McEntee first home in 14:19.75.
Connecticut’s Kyle Rowbotham (Scotch Plains, Sr.) placed sixth in the men’s decathlon at the Big East meet. He totaled 6,357 points in an event won by teammate Jake Waruch with 7.230 points. Rowbotham’s best performances were third-place finishes in each of the 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter dash and the shot put.
Connecticut’s Mike Alleman (Scotch Plains, Jr.) had the seventh best throw in the discus at the Big East meet. His best throw went 49.32 meters. DePaul’s Tim Nedow won this event with a best throw of 58.60 meters.
Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, Soph.) ignited a 3-run rally in the third inning that carried Rutgers to a 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh in Piscataway on Saturday. The leftfielder out of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High led off the inning with a single up the middle on the first pitch he saw. He then moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt and came around to score when the next batter singled to rightfield. He had another single to go 2-for-3 in the game, but was left stranded. Rutgers is now 27-20 overall and 12-9 in the Big East.
A double and a single from four at-bats was status quo for Cornell’s Frank Hager (Berkeley Heights) in Saturday’s doubleheader for the Ivy League Championship against Dartmouth in Ithaca, N.Y. Hager, a first baseman out of Delbarton, drove in two runs and scored one in the first game, an 11-3 Cornell win. He also drove in the Big Red’s lone run in the nightcap, a 7-1 defeat. He then went hitless in four at-bats in Sunday’s 3-1 win for the championship. Cornell has now advanced to the NCAA Tournament, which will begin with a double-elimination round beginning June 1.
Frank Schwindel (Livingston, Soph.) had a 5-for-12 weekend with the bat, plus a game-winning run batted in as St. John’s defeated South Florida, 5-4, in Jamaica, N.Y. on Sunday. The game was knotted at 4 in the bottom of the ninth inning when Schwindel delivered a single through the gap in left field to bring in a runner from second base. He’d earlier doubled and scored a run. The Red Storm (31-17, 16-5 Big East) split the two other games, losing Friday’s opener, 3-0, before rebounding with a 6-2 win on Saturday.
Jonny Rio (Maplewood, Jr.) had a typical weekend, which means he knocked out 11 hits from 17 at-bats as Rensselaer Poly took three out of four games from Vassar. Three of his hits were for two bases; the others were singles. He also scored four runs and drove in five as RPI improved to 22-18 on the season in advance of this week’s Liberty League Tournament, which opens with a Thursday game against Skidmore in Canton, N.Y. Teammate Kyle Kopacz (Chatham, Sr.) also got into the second game of the Saturday twin bill and delivered a single from two at-bats.
Williams College’s Harry Marino (Westfield, Sr.) dominated Bates in four innings of work on Saturday, allowing no runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out nine batters. Bates would, however, go on to win the game, 6-2, getting to Marino’s relief for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Williams is now 16-19.
John Gianis (Summit, Sr.) had a single from four at-bats and scored a run to help North Carolina State to a 10-7 win over Cal State-Bakersfield in Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday. The Wolf Pack (33-12) is riding a 9-game winning streak.
Dylan Joyce (South Orange, Sr.) pitched one inning of scoreless relief last Wednesday in Amherst’s 7-2 loss to Eastern Connecticut State at home. Joyce struck out one batter in retiring the side. The Lord Jeffs slid to 23-8 on the season.
Zach Carr (Chatham, Sr.) sprayed a pair of singles from four at-bats as the designated hitter in MIT’s 3-2 win over Rhode Island College in Cambridge, Mass. on Wednesday. The Engineers improved to 21-14.
Shortstop Mike Genovese (Livingston, Jr.) went 2-for-4 at the plate in Seton Hall’s 5-4 loss to Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. The Pirates are now 28-20 overall and 13-8 in Big East action.
A.J. Flores (West Orange, Soph.) drove in the lone William Paterson run in a 5-1 loss to The College of New Jersey on Thursday in New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament action. Flores bounced a single down the rightfield line to earn an RBI. The loss eliminated the Pioneers (29-13) from the tournament; they now await word from the NCAA as to whether their season will continue.
Montclair State’s Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, Jr.) sliced a single to right field on a 3-1 count to lead off the eighth inning for the Red Hawks in an NJAC tournament game with The College of New Jersey in Ewing on Saturday. Bergman, a catcher out of Gov. Livingston High, then came around to score the only run of the contest when the next batter smashed a double to right center. Montclair (38-7) then lost Sunday’s championship tilt, 3-1, to Rowan, but await Baruch in a first-round NCAA Division 3 playoff game on Thursday in Union.
FDU-Florham won the Freedom Conference Tournament with victories over Manhattanville, 17-8, on Wednesday and Drew, 10-7, on Saturday, both in Madison. Nicole Peotter (New Providence, Jr.) scored a goal for FDU (13-6) in both contests.
Monmouth’s season ended with a 15-5 road loss to Towson in an NCAA Division 1 play-in game on Saturday. Sam Lillo (Short Hills, Sr.) scored one goal for the Hawks (9-11) to go along with three draw controls, three ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Colgate, ranked 11th in Division 1, prepped for Saturday’s NCAA Tournament assignment against Massachusetts with a 13-11 victory over no. 6 Maryland in Hamilton, N.Y. Bobby Lawrence (Summit, Soph.) assisted on one Colgate goal, caused one turnover and brought up two ground balls. Teammate John Donnally (Madison, Sr.) accounted for three ground balls and caused one turnover. The Raiders, the Patriot League champs, are now 13-3.
Dickinson’s B.J. West (Summit, Sr.) earned an assist as the Red Devils won the Centennial Conference championship with an 11-3 victory over Washington (Md.) in Chestertown, Md. on Sunday. Dickinson (14-3) plays Kenyon in an NCAA Division 3 first-round game on Wednesday.
Drew advanced to the championship game of the Landmark Conference Tournament with a 15-9 win over Scranton in Madison on Wednesday. The magic ended on Saturday in Towson, Md., where the Rangers suffered a 10-7 loss to Goucher in the title game. Charlie DeSocio (Maplewood, Sr.) was a rock in goal for Drew, stopping a season-high 14 shots, while also registering his first career assist. Drew’s offense was unable to muster the same degree of proficiency against Goucher, although DeSocio, a Columbia High grad, stopped 12 shots. Drew ended the season with a 13-4 record.
Will Stuhler (Madison, Soph.) scored two goals and rustled up six ground balls as Castleton State knocked off Husson, 14-3, at home last Wednesday in a North Atlantic Conference Tournament contest. Castleton then lost the championship tilt, 18-7, to New England College in Henniker, N.H. on Saturday. Stuhler, a Madison High grad, scored one goal in this game, also bringing up four ground balls and causing one turnover. The Spartans bring an 11-8 record in Saturday’s ECAC Tournament game against the University of New England in Endicott, Mass.
Lynchburg defeated Washington & Lee, 10-4, at home on Sunday to capture the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. Charlie Oldendorp (Madison, Soph.) forced one turnover and retrieved one ground ball for the Hornets (17-1). The Generals (10-9) were aided by the defense of Jason Harden (Summit, Sr.), who forced one turnover and came by two ground balls, and Bryan Stuke (Summit, Sr.), with one caused turnover and one ground ball.
Jack McBride (Grad., Madison) scored one goal and set up another as fifth-ranked North Carolina defeated Michigan, 19-5, in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday. The Tar Heels ticked up to 11-5.
Austin Little (Maplewood, Fr.) assisted on a goal for Oberlin and brought up a ground ball in the Yeomen’s 8-7 loss in two overtimes to visiting St. Vincent last Wednesday.