Palmyra’s Sam Aviles leads all qualifiers into MAAC hurdles championships for Rider!!!

Samuel Aviles, a Rider freshman from Palmyra, easily led all hurdles qualifiers into Sunday’s finals Saturday at his first collegiate conference meet.

Aviles ran a near-PR 8.12 across the Armory infield in the trials of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 60-meter hurdles to earn a center lane in the finals, scheduled for 4:20 p.m. Sunday.

Nobody else ran under 8.30 in the trials.

Jayaire King of Willingboro, a freshman at St. Peter’s, also reached the final.

Aviles has a PR of 8.11, which he set at Ocean Breeze back in December. He ranks among the top 30 freshmen in NCAA Division 1. That’s No. 10 in Rider history, although only 4-100ths of a second out of No. 6.

Heat sheets for the 60 hurdles final haven’t yet been posted.

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