Asimou Named Outstanding Male Athlete as Men Place Third in NJAC Indoor Championships

New York, NY (2/22/10) – Senior Eugene Asimou (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) was named the Outstanding Male Athlete of the meet as the Montclair State men’s indoor track and field team placed third at the 2010 New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships held at The Armory on Monday evening.

Junior Will Brown (Gloucester, NJ / Palmyra) won his third straight championship in the 55 meter hurdles as the Red Hawks captured three individual events overall and totaled 76 points for the championship.

Asimou was named the Outstanding Male Athlete as he won both the shot put and weight throw. Asimou, who missed the 2009 championship due to injury, set a conference meet record as he won the shot put with an NCAA automatic qualifying throw of 17.06 meters and also broke the previous NJAC record of 16.71 meters set by Rowan’s Robert Godfrey in 2005. Asimou took first in the weight throw with a winning toss of 16.31 meters.

Brown easily moved into the finals of the event as he recorded a preliminary time of 7.61 seconds, which was a provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Division III championships. The defending national champion, then blazed to a time of 7.52 in the finals, an automatic qualifying mark which means Brown, already near the top of performance list in nation this year, will get a chance to defend his crown at the NCAA Championships on March 12-13 in Greencastle, Indiana. Junior Adenford Jean-Philippe (Irvington, NJ / Irvington) was fourth in the event at 7.83 seconds followed by Jarman Esperance (Nyack, NY / Nyack) who crossed in a time of 7.86.

Senior Terry Iavarone (North Arlington, NJ / North Arlington) finished fourth in the 800 meters as he posted a time of 1:57.18. Tim Duwhite Jr. (Passaic, NJ / Passaic) was 12th with a time of 2:03.90 while Ricardo Thomas (Pennsauken, NJ / Pennsauken) finished 11th in the 200 meters recording a time of 23.04 seconds.

Brown, Duwhite, Iavarone and Jean-Philippe combined for a sixth-place finish in the 4x400 relay as the quartet timed in at 3:30.22.

In the field events, freshman Niyi Adenugba (North Brunswick, NJ / North Brunswick) recorded three Top 8 finishes. He was second in the triple jump at 13.65 meters and placed sixth in the long jump (6.46 meters) before added a second sixth-place standing in the high jump (1.88 meters).

Terea Hargrove (Springfield, NJ / Jonathan Dayton) was seventh in the long jump at 6.43 meters with Mario Morrison-Bird (West Orange, NJ / West Orange) and Jon Tancer (Montville, NJ / Montville) placing fourth (14.91 meters) and sixth (14.29 meters) respectively in the shot put. Morrison-Bird was also eighth in the weight throw (12.64 meters).