Monday, August 30, 2010

Macalester Mourns Coach, National Champion

Macalester College is mourning the recent death of assistant coach and former NCAA Division III javelin champion Janis Rider.

Rider (pictured) died unexpectedly on August 23 while swimming in Hawaii during a vacation with her niece and nephew.

In 1988, Rider won the NCAA Division III javelin title as a Macalester senior, the same year she placed fourth nationally in the shot put. She was a four-time track and field All-American for the Scots.

Rider also excelled in volleyball and basketball while at the St. Paul school.

Rider had been an assistant track and field coach at her alma mater since 1999. Her full time job was as an attorney for the Minnesota State Legislature, helping craft the language of proposed bills as an employee in the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.

Macalester College published an obituary for Rider HERE.

The Duluth News-Tribune's Kevin Pates has a short obituary remembering Rider's Duluth Denfeld days HERE.

The News-Tribune also published THIS story about the aftermath of Rider's death on her niece and nephew who were left in Hawaii without adult supervision.

Macalester College plans a memorial service in Rider's honor at 10:00 a.m. September 11 at the Macalester College Leonard Center.

Photo courtesy of Macalester College.

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