Williams, Riddick Collect Top Honors at NJAC Outdoor Track Championships

Glassboro, NJ (5/2/09) – Senior Tony Williams (Newark, NJ / Malcolm X. Shabazz) was named the Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete while sophomore Monique Riddick (Edison, NJ / Bishop Ahr) set a new conference and school record en route to earning Outstanding Female Field Athlete honors as the Montclair State women’s and men’s outdoor track and field finished sixth and eighth, respectively at the NJAC Outdoor Championships held at Rowan University on Saturday.

Junior Adenford Jean-Phlippe (Irvington, NJ / Irvington) won the 110 hurdles as the Red Hawks claimed three individual titles from the conference meet.

Williams captured the 100 meters as he registered a winning time of 10.89 second. He also finished fourth in the 200 meters (22.50) and then anchored the 4x400 relay team that placed fourth with a time of 3:27.05.

Riddick shattered her own meet record in the shot put as for the fifth consecutive week posted the top throw in Division III this season in addition to hitting the NCAA Automatic Qualifying Standard. This time Riddick also added the school record to that list as she threw 48-feet 9.5-inches (14.87 meters), breaking the old MSU standard of 48’9” set by Nacole Moore in 2002 when she captured the NCAA Division III championship in the event. Riddick’s current mark put her nearly three-feet ahead of Alyssa Pirinelli of St. Lawrence University, who is currently second on the list.

Riddick would also finish third in the discus and sixth in the hammer throw with throws of 36.03 meters (118-feet, 2-inches) and 38.15 (125-fee, 2-inches), respectively.

The Red Hawks could have claimed perhaps the top two finishers in the men’s 110 hurdles. Sophomore Will Brown (Gloucester, NJ / Palmyra) made his first appearance of the outdoor season after missing the first several meets due to injury and ran an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 14.83 in the preliminaries however, he did not run in the finals on the rainy day at Rowan.

Brown’s absence figured to make the finals a wide-open race, but Jean-Philippe ended any discussion about that as he raced in at 14.98 to win the event. He also placed fifth in the 400 hurdles (58.70).

Brown and Williams would combine with Eric Gershey (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany Hills) and Terry Iavarone (North Arlington, NJ / North Arlington) on the 4x400 relay.

For the MSU men, John Tancer (Montville, NJ / Montville) finished second in the shot put as he recorded a best throw of 14.15 meters (46-feet, 5.25-inches) while Mike Palazzo (Toms River, NJ / Toms River South) was 13th in the javelin (43.48 meters / 142-fee, 8-inches).  

Elsewhere on the women’s side, sophomore Farida Jawando (Colts Neck, NJ / Monmouth Regional) finished fifth in the 800 meters as she posted a time of 2:26.40.Ana Gleason (Butler, NJ / Butler) was fifth in the high jump (1.47 meters) with Evelyn Sha (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) placing fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 9.49 meters (31-feet 1.75-inches). Katherine Tallaj (Paramus, NJ / Immaculate Heart) recorded a sixth-place showing in the 100 hurdles (16.33) and Jackie Philbin (Lincoln Park, NJ / Boonton) was ninth in the javelin (29.34 meters / 96-feet, 3-inches).

The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, May 9 as they compete in the New Balance Qualifying Challenge at Ichan Stadium at Randall’s Island, NY.