Middletown, CT (2/14/09) – The Montclair State women’s team placed ninth while the men’s squad took 11 th place as the Red Hawks took part in the 2009 CTC Indoor Championships held at Wesleyan University on Saturday.
Sophomores Will Brown (Gloucester, NJ / Palmyra) and Monique Riddick (Edison, NJ / Bishop Ahr) and junior Terry Iavarone (North Arlington, NJ / North Arlington) each recorded first-place finishes for MSU which totaled 46 points on the women’s side and 37 for the men.
Riddick continued her strong second season for the Red Hawks as she took first place in the shot for the second consecutive season. Riddick hit the automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships as she turned in a best attempt of 14.04 meters (46-feet, 3/4-inches) to win the event. The throw eclipsed the NCAA mark of 14.00 meters and is now the second-best throw in the nation this season. It is the second time this season that the Riddick, the reigning indoor national champion, recorded a throw of 14-plus meters. She threw 14.02 at the Great Dane Classic two weeks ago.
Brown, who is also headed to the NCAA Championships in Terra Haute, Indiana next month, led a 1-2 MSU finish as he edged out teammate Adenford Jean-Philippe (Irvington, NJ / Irvington) as each recorded NCAA provisional marks. Brown came in at 7.57 with Jean-Philippe clocking in at 7.70 seconds.
Iavarone captured the 500 meters as he posted a time of 1:07.69. He then ran the anchor leg on the 4x400 relay team that took fourth. Iavarone, Brown, Damier Johnson (Long Branch, NJ / Long Branch) and Eric Gershey (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany Hills) registered a time of 3:29.86. Gershey later added a ninth-place showing in the 400 meters (53.65) with freshman Robert East ( Passaic, NJ / Passaic) finishing eighth in the 55 meters and 200 meters with times of 6.76 and 23.63, respectively.
On the women’s side, sophomore Farida Jawando (Colts Neck, NJ / Monmouth Regional) and Katherine Tallaj ( Paramus, NJ / Immaculate Heart) each recorded second-place finishes. Jawando had hers in the 800 meters as she ran a time of 2:30.82. Meanwhile Tallaj went 8.98 in the 55 hurdles and then placed third in the triple jump as she recorded a best leap of 10.30 meters (33-feet, 9.5-inches).
Freshman Anna Gleason ( Butler, NJ / Butler) was sixth in the 55 hurdles (9.44) and high jump (1.48 meters) while Evelyn Sha ( East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) was seventh in the high jump (1.43 meters).
The Red Hawks are now off until Monday, February 23 when they compete in the 2009 New Jersey Athletic Conference Indoor Championships at the 168 th Armory in New York City.