Marietta, OH (5/23/09) – Sophomore Monique Riddick (Edison, NJ / Bishop Ahr) completed the greatest track and field season by any female athlete in school history on Saturday as she captured the shot put at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships held at Marietta College on Saturday.
Sophomore Will Brown (Gloucester, NJ / Palmyra) earned All-America honors in the 110 hurdles as he placed seventh.
Riddick, who won her second NCAA indoor championship in March, claimed her third career national title overall as she smashed her own school record and set a Don Drumm Stadium mark with a throw of 15.77 meters (51-feet, 9-inches). She became the ninth athlete in Division III history to win the indoor and outdoor crowns in the same season and the first since Robyn Jarocki of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2005-06.
Riddick also became the first MSU competitor to win an outdoor title since Tierra Hicks (400 Hurdles) in 2003 and third overall. Nacole Moore won the shot put in 2002. She joined Dewayne Stevens (400 Meters in 1992) as the only track athletes to win an indoor and outdoor championship in the same year and she also tied Stevens with her third crown.
Riddick entered the NCAAs with the best thrown in the nation this season as she threw 15.10 meters (49-feet, 6.5-inches) at the ECAC Championships two weeks ago. In her first throw, she put the rest of the field on notice as she recorded the 15.77 meter mark. No one would even come close as that mark would be the one to put Riddick on top of the podium as the national champion.
In fact, of her final four throws, any one of those marks would have made a winner out of Riddick, who bested the second-place competitor by nearly four feet.
The victory capped off an amazing outdoor season and a tremendous year overall for Riddick. During the outdoor campaign, she won the shot put in seven of the eight meets she entered – the lone non-first place finish coming at the Penn Relays where she was second in a field of Division I competitors. Named the Outstanding Female Field Athlete of the Year at the NJAC Championships, Riddick easily surpassed the automatic qualifying mark of 14.20 meters in every meet and was the only person to reach the 15-meter standard throughout the season.
Brown also tried the duplicate Riddick efforts adding an outdoor title to go along with his indoor championship in the 55 meter hurdles in March. Brown berth in the finals was somewhat remarkable as he only began competing three weeks ago. Hampered by a hamstring injury, Brown did not take to the track until the NJAC Championships when in his first race, he put up an NCAA provisional mark of 14.83
A week later he would better his standing on the list as he registered a time of 14.51 at the New York City Qualifying Challenge at Ichan Stadium on Randall’s Island.
In the NCAA Championships, Brown, who was runner-up in the event in 2008, ran in the first of three groups and put up a time of 14.67. That time would eventually hold up as he moved into the finals. In the finals, Brown would time in at 14.69 to finish seventh, however he would collect his third All-Ameican honor.