Oshkosh, WI (5/24/08) – Freshman Will Brown (Gloucester, NJ / Palmyra) came within six one-hundreths of a second of a national title in the 110 hurdles while junior Eugene Asimou (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) placed fifth in the shot put as the MSU men's team placed 23rd at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
The two helped Montclair State finish tied for 23rd place as team with 12 points.
Brown registered the second-best qualifying time in the event as he ran a time of 14.28 during the preliminaries on Friday. In the finals, Brown woul duplicate the time again (.03 off the school record), but was edged out by Greenville College’s (Ill.) Jarod Renford, who broke the J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium record with a time of 14.22.
Brown, the NJAC Outstanding Athlete of the Year, provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships as he ran a time of 14.82 at the CTC Championships and then registered a time of 14.58 as he claimed the same event at the NJAC Championships. That time put Brown seventh nationally at the time, however that standing immediately went up last week as he clocked in at 14.44 in the IC4A Championships held at Princeton University.
Asimou collected his second straight Top 8 finish at the NCAAs as he placed fifth in the event. Asimou, the NJAC Outstanding Field Athlete, posted a best-throw of 16.38 meters (53-feet, 9-inches).
Freshman Monique Riddck (Edison, NJ / Bishop Ahr) was looking to add an outdoor title to go along with her indoor national championship, however, she was unable to duplicate that success. Riddick, an automatic qualifier and NJAC Outstanding Female Athlete, finished ninth in her flight of the event. Riddick recorded a throw of 12.79 meters, which did not advance her into the finals of the event.