Toms River, NJ (2/25/08) –Freshman Will Brown (Gloucester, NJ / Palmyra) captured the 55 meter hurdles with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark and was named the Outstanding Male Track Athlete as the Montclair State men's team placed fourth and the women's squad fifth at the 2008 NJAC Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the John Bennett Complex on Monday.
Freshman Monique Riddick (Edison, NJ / Bishop Ahr), sophomore Judline Tumson (Newark, NJ / Arts) and junior Eugene Asimou (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) each won individual titles for the Red Hawks as the men’s team collected 77 points while the women’s team registered 59.
Brown became the second straight male from MSU to win the Outstanding Track Athlete Award as he blazed to the victory in the 55 meter hurdles. Already on the NCAA provisional list, Brown ran a 7.64 during the preliminaries to place his name on the list again. However, he went one step better in the finals posting a time of 7.54, .01 better than the automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Division III Championships which will be held at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio on March 14-15.
Brown, who also finished 11 th in the 200 meters (23.67) later helped the men’s 4x200 and 4x400 relay squads to Top 4 finishes. In the 4x200 relay, the team of Brown, Sulton Scott ( Hillside, NJ / Hillside), Ricardo Thomas ( Teaneck, NJ / Teaneck) and Akeem Thomas ( Pennsauken, NJ / Pennsauken) placed fourth with a time of 1:34.53. Akeem Thomas and Brown were joined by Andrew Nnadi ( West Orange, NJ / West Orange) and Terry Iavarone ( North Arlington, NJ / North Arlington) for a fourth-place showing in the 4x400 as the quartet clocked in at 3:28.19.
Tumson recorded her victory in the 200 meters as she registered an NCAA Provisional time of 26.07 in winning the event. She added another provisional time in the 55 meters as she placed second in the event with a time of 7.34 in the finals, however she hit the mark during the preliminaries as she ran 7.29. Sophomore Amanda Hart ( Livingston, NJ / Livingston) was third in the 55 meters (7.39) and missed a provisional mark by .01 seconds.
Riddick and Asimou made it a sweep of the shot put event for Montclair State. Riddick, who had already earned automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships, won her first conference title as she threw an NCAA provisional distance of 13.16 meters. Asimou also captured his first title with a provisional mark of his own (16.24 meters) in the shot put and added a second-place finish in the weight throw at 14.98 meters.
Ricardo Thomas placed third in the 55 meters (6.60) and Akeem Thomas was eighth in the 200 meters (23.29). Elvis Cole ( Hackensack, NJ / Northern Highlands) and Iavarone were second and fourth in the 800 meters with time of 1:59.56 and 2:01.12, respectively. In the field events, John Tsihlas ( Livingston, NJ / Livingston) was fourth in the pole vault with a height of 3.65 meters. Akeem Thomas added a third-place finish in the long jump (6.70 meters) and the distance medley relay of Cole, Scott, Iavarone and Lee Tedeschi ( Bayonne, NJ / Bayonne) placed fourth with a time of 10:50.44.
On the women’s side freshman Farida Jawando (Colts Neck, NJ / Monmouth Regional) placed fourth in the 800 meters (2:25.40) and Crista Lewandowski (Midland Park, NJ / Paramus Catholic) had the same placing in the long jump (10.27 meters). The 4x200 relay team of Hart, Jawando, Tumson and Krystal Wyche ( Hackensack, NJ / Hackensack) placed second in the event with a time of 1:48.23 and same team led the 4x400 relay to a third-place finish (4:17.58).