Montclair, NJ (5/9/11) - Freshman baseball pitcher Jonathan Torregroza (Bound Brook, NJ / Immaculata) and sophomore track and field athlete Ashadaya Patterson (Trenton, NJ / Northern Burlington) were chosen MSU Athletes of the Week for May 9.
Patterson punched her ticket for the NCAA Outdoor Championships later this month as she gave Montclair a sweep of the hurdle events with a victory in the 100 meter event at the NJAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Ramapo College. Patterson, who also finished fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:05.28), registered an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 14.48 seconds to win the event while collecting the sixth-best time in the nation this season.
Patterson then helped Montclair State’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams to NJAC titles with new MSU records. The 4x100 team reset their own record in the event established two weeks ago on the very same track as the quartet posted a time of 48.91 seconds. Meanwhile the 4x400 relay set a new school and conference meet record in that event, while also posting an NCAA provisional time running 3:53.35. The mark broke the 23-year-old school record set in 1983 and eclipsed the NJAC record held by The College of New Jersey two years ago.
Torregroza was named NJAC Rookie Pitcher of the Week honors for the third time this season after logging 17.1 innings of work during two NJAC Tournament appearances for the Red Hawks. In the first postseason game of his collegiate career, he held eventual champion Kean to just three runs in six innings of work during a 3-1 opening round defeat to the Cougars. Four days later, he logged 11.1 innings of work while surrendering just one earned run during MSU’s 2-1 victory over Rutgers-Newark in 15 innings. Torregroza, who threw 122 pitches - 83 for strikes - in the victory over Newark, currently ranks 22nd in the NJAC in earned run average (2.78).