New Haven, CT (2/10/08) – Led by solid effort from the first event to the last, the Montclair State indoor track and field teams put together another outstanding performance on Sunday as the Red Hawk men placed second and the women ninth in the Collegiate Track Conference Championships held at Yale University. The MSU men placed second in the field of 19 schools totaling 119 points while the women’s team finished ninth (of 19 teams) with 34 points.
Sophomore JudlineTumson ( Newark, NJ / Arts), freshman Will Brown ( Gloucester, NJ / Palmyra) and John Tsihlas ( Livingston, NJ / Livingston) were among the top competitors for the Red Hawks. Tumson captured the 200 meters as she ran a time of 25.64 and added a second-place showing in the 55 meters clocking in at 7.34 seconds, two-tenths of a second off the NCAA Provisional Qualifying list.
Brown meanwhile took first in 55 hurdles as he bested teammate Adenford Jean-Phillipe ( Irvington, NJ / Irvington) as the two ran times of 7.61 and 7.65, respectively. Both times are NCAA provisional marks. Brown then ran the third leg on the winning 4x400 meter relay squad. Brown was joined by Andrew Nnadi ( West Orange, NJ / West Orange), Terry Iavarone ( North Arlington, NJ / North Arlington) and Akeem Thomas ( Teaneck, NJ / Teaneck) as the quartet posted a time of 3.32.92. Brown then joined Jihad Springer ( Newark, NJ / Shabazz), Sulton Scott ( Hillside, NJ / Hillside) and Dwight Palmer ( Irvington, NJ / Irvington) in the 4x200 relay where the Red Hawks were second with time of 1:31.08.
Tsihlas led a 1-2-3 MSU finish in the pentathlon as the Red Hawks took first-place in four of the five events contests. Tsihlas edged out Anthony Jarvis ( Jersey City, NJ / Lincoln), 2994 points to 2,904. Glennluis Cabrera ( Ridgefield Park, NJ / Ridgefield Park) was third with 2,789 points. In the five-events, Tsihlas won the long jump (6.11m), was second in the shot put (10.86m) and third in the high jump (1.68m). Cabrera posted victories in the shot put (11.00m) and the high jump (1.73m) with Jarvis taking top honors in the 1000 meters (2:49.29).
In the field events, freshman Monqiue Riddick ( Edison, NJ/ Bishop Ahr) and junior Eugene Asimou ( Livingston, NJ / Livingston) each took top honors in the shot put. Riddick put forth a best throw of 13.86 meters (45-feet, 5.75-inches) while Asimou collected his third event win this season as he posted a mark of 16.21 meters. Mario Morrison-Bird ( West Orange, NJ / West Orange) was fifth in the shot put (13.54 meters) and Asimou also had a third-place finish in the weight throw (13.84 meters).
Freshman Crista Lewandowski ( Midland Park, NJ / Paramus Catholic) placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 10.31 meters and Cabrera was sixth in the high jump going 1.75 meters. Tsihlas was seventh in the pole vault (3.80 meters) and Nandi finished eighth in the long jump with a best mark of 6.21 meters.
Elswhere in the championships, Iavarone placed second in the 500 meters as he clocked in at 1:07.29. Ricardo Thomas ( Pennsauken, NJ / Pennsauken) was third in the 55 meters (6.64) and Akeem Thomas took the same spot in the 200 meters (22.68). Nnadi was sixth in the 400 meters (51.61) with Elvis Cole (Hackensack, NJ / Northern Highlands) taking sixth in the 1000 meters with a time of 2:38.33. On the women’s side, Margaret Owusu ( New Brunswick, NJ / New Brunswick) finished ninth in the 400 meters (1:04.30).
Montclair State is now off until Monday, February 25 as the Red Hawks take part in the 2008 New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships, which will be held at John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River, NJ beginning at 3:00 pm. The men’s and women’s weight throw events will be contested on Saturday, February 23 at Richard Stockton College.