Cinnaminson graduate Tom Long ran a blazing 3:01 leadoff leg for Rider’s school-record distance medley this past weekend at IC4A’s.
Long, a junior, led off with a 3:01.99, and Rider ran 9:56.63, placing a very close fifth, just 5 1/2 seconds behind winner Providence, which ran 9:51.02
At the first handoff, Isaac Kole had Mt. St. Mary’s in the lead with a 3:00.75 split with Providence’s Jack Carleo through in 3:00.96 and Long in third.
Russell Malko from Hunterdon Central split 48.46 for the 400 for Rider, with freshman Kevin Heredia of Clifton running 1:53.49 and anchor Daniel Belay of Gaithersburg, Md., 4:12.71.
“The men’s DMR was ready for some big things,” said Rider coach Bob Hamer, a former star distance runner at Council Rock in Bucks County and the 1995 Big Ten 5,000 champion. “Tom really got things rolling and the rest of the guys did their job. They topped their performance from yesterday with this race.”
Rider ran 9:57.67 in the trials on Saturday. Long led off with a 3:02.66 in that race, with the other splits coming in at 47.91, 1:54.26 and 4:12.85.
The previous school record was a 9:57.37 set in 2010 by Christian Gonzalez of Franklin Township, Bordentown graduate Daequan Kim, David South of Hunterdon Central and Michael Soroko of Kinnelon.