The College Report: Rider’s Burroughs of West Orange Shines at MAAC Meet

James Burroughs (West Orange, Soph.) played a major role in Rider’s winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Lawrenceville last weekend. He led off for the Broncs on two winning relay efforts, won one individual sprint and placed second in another. Burroughs, a West Orange High grad, won the 400-meter hurdles in 52.88, with teammate David Hightower next across at 53.69. The two exchanged places in the 100-meter hurdles, won by Hightower in 14.39, with Burroughs along in 14.41. Burroughs led off for Rider in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, both of which they won.

Shontel Clarke (West Orange, Soph.) of St. Peter’s got eighth place in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the MAAC meet. She produced a time of 1:07.75 in a race won in 1:01.64 by teammate Ronnah Parham.   

The distance of 400 meters is the sweet spot for Rob Arent (New Providence, Jr.) and the Bucknell runner got first place at that distance last weekend at the Patriot League Championships in both the dash and the hurdles. He took the dash in 48.50 and cleared the hurdle course in 53.39; both are IC4A qualifying times. He also reported in second in the 110-meter hurdles, which he needed 14.32 to complete, behind only Army's Domonick Sylve. Bucknell's Charlie Murphy (Short Hills, Sr.) took eighth place in the men's 10,000 meters, which he ran in 31:43.42, while Lehigh's Evans Kosgei was peeling off a winning 30:20.08. Tayler Siegrist (Madison, Soph.) of the Bison's women's team got third place in the javelin, with a best throw of 43.91 meters. Teammate Laura Rycek threw the spear farthest – 48.35 meters.

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Brown’s Susan Scavone (Summit, Jr.) finished third in the women’s 110-meter hurdles at the Heptagonal Championships in New Haven, Conn. She finished in 14.03 in a race won by Columbia’s Kyra Caldwell in 13.92.

William & Mary's Brandon Heroux (Westfield, Jr.) won the men's javelin throw at the Colonial Athletic Association championship meet in Richmond, Va. last weekend. Heroux dominated the event with a best effort of 69.37 meters, which was almost 15 meters farther than the runner-up. Teammate Ben Massam (Chatham, Sr.) got third place in the men's 10,000 meters there. He ran a time of 30:48.99, with a pair of teammates in front of him, including Alex McGrath, the winner in 30:48.87. William & Mary's Anna Rose Gellert (New Providence, Fr.) placed seventh in the women's javelin throw. Her best effort traveled 34.15 meters, whereas Delaware's Jillian Seamon threw the spear 41.07 meters for the victory.

MIT hosted and won last weekend's New England Division 3 Championships and needed almost every one of their 141.5 points to claim victory over Williams College, which finished second with 138 points among 29 teams. Martha Gross (Short Hills, Jr.) contributed mightily to the MIT points haul. She got fourth place in the women's 200-meter dash, finishing in 25.42 in a race won by teammate Portia Jones in 24.58. Gross also placed fifth at 400 meters, with a time of 58.59; Bowdoin's Elsa Millett won this in 56.23. Gross also ran the second leg for MIT's winning entries in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.


One accomplishment that has eluded the Division 3 defending national champion Williams College women's team over the last two years has been the New England Small College Athletic Conference title. Entering last weekend's NESCAC tournament, Amherst had reined over this conclave for the six previous years, only to cede to Williams on the national stage. Williams rectified that oversight with a 5-3 defeat of Amherst for this year's NESCAC crown in Middlebury, Vt. on Sunday. The tandem of Nikki Reich (Westfield, Sr.) and Lucy Marchese (Summit, Sr.) were no match at first doubles for the Lord Jeffs' Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin, who posted an 8-2 win over the local pair. But the Williams duo turned the tables in singles play. Marchese and Devlin squared off at third singles, where Marchese prevailed, 6-0, 6-4. Reich, meanwhile, went at it against Natasha Brown at fifth singles and emerged victorious, 6-4, 6-3. Marchese and Reich now look to ride off into the sunset with a third straight national championship.


Roanoke's Jeff Keating (Chatham, Jr.) flooded the stat sheet in the Maroons' 25-5 rout of Colorado College in the opening round of the NCAA Division 3 playoffs in Salem, Va. on Wednesday. Keating scored three goals and assisted on five others; he also retrieved three ground balls. Seventh-ranked Roanoke (15-3) next takes on Gettysburg in second-round action in Salem on Saturday at 2 pm.

In other NCAA D3 action, Springfield was eliminated by Endicott, 6-5, in Beverly, Mass. on Wednesday. Harry Bernstein (Westfield, Jr.) scored a goal and had an assist, as well as two ground balls lifted, for Springfield (11-6).


Top-ranked The College of New Jersey began the NCAA Division 3 playoffs with a 17-0 romp over Gwynedd-Mercy in Ewing on Wednesday. Rebecca Frankoski (Maplewood, Fr.) earned credit for coming up with one ground ball. The Lions next face Catholic University on Saturday afternoon in Lancaster, Pa.

Tufts, ranked 13thin Division 3, advanced with a 17-6 win over Endicott in Beverly, Mass. on Wednesday. Sara Bloom (Summit, Sr.) started in goal for the Jumbos and made six saves, while allowing four goals in 47 minutes. Tufts (12-6) next travels to Cortland State on Saturday to meet that rival.

Colby got past Norwich, 17-4, in Waterville, Maine on Wednesday in another NCAA Division 3 skirmish. Mary Cummings (Summit, Jr.) scooped up three ground balls for the Mules and caused one Norwich turnover. Colby (14-4) is off to Cortland, N.Y. for a Saturday showdown with Hamilton.

Stevens Tech also took a step forward in the Division 3 playoffs with a 13-5 win over Bridgewater State in Hoboken on Wednesday. Pamela Loria (New Providence, Sr.) scored one goal for the 10th-ranked Ducks (16-3), who will meet Bowdoin in Hartford, Conn. on Saturday afternoon.


Massachusetts defeated St. Joseph's of Philadelphia, 3-1, on Thursday in a first-round Atlantic 10 Conference tournament game in Charlotte, N.C. Cyndil Matthew (Westfield, Soph.) knocked out a couple singles in her two at-bats, including one that brought a UMass runner home. The Minutewomen are 29-17 on the season. 


John Puttress (New Providence, Soph.) slapped an RBI single up the middle in Northeastern's 4-3 win over Central Connecticut State in New Britain, Conn. on Wednesday. The catcher out of New Providence High went 1-for-4 at the plate as the Huskies improved to 16-28.


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