Adenugba Leads List of Top Performers as Men's Indoor Track Excels at Wesleyan Invitational


Middletown, CT (12/4/10) – Sophomore Niyi Adenugba (North Brunswick, NJ / North Brunswick) won a pair of events and finished Top 3 in a third as the Montclair State men’s indoor track and field team got off to a flying start at the Wesleyan Invitational held at Wesleyan University on Saturday.

The Red Hawks posted six first-place finishes, including 1-2-3 showing in two different events.

Adenbugba won the long jump and high jump before finishing third in the 55 hurdles. He leaped 6.16 meters (20-feet, 2.5-inches) in winning the long jump and then went 1.78 meters (5-10) in taking top honors in the high jump. He capped his day with a time of 8.70 seconds in the hurdles.

Freshman Earl James, Jr. (Piscataway, NJ / Piscataway) finished second to Adenugba in the long jump as he went 6.00 meters. Sophomore Terea Hargrove (Springfield, NJ / Dayton Regional) was third at 5.85 meters. Hargrove would place seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 24.64 with James tying teammate Joshua Reyes (Bayonne, NJ / Bayonne) for eighth at 24.72 seconds.

Freshman Mark DiGennaro (Wharton, NJ / Morris Hills) placed second in the 800 meters (2:18.16) while Reyes posted a fifth-place finish in the 400 meters (55.88). Freshman Alexander Fortoul (Hasbrouk Heights, NJ /Hasbrouck Heights) was sixth in the mile run with a time of 5:16.86.

Montclair State would continue to excel in the field events with three more victories. Mario Morrison-Bird (West Orange, NJ / West Orange) led a 1-2 finish in the weight throw as he posted a makr of 13.53 meters (44-4.75 feet). Nick DiGiacomo (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany Hills) was second at 11.43 meters with James Luginsland (Bridgewater, NJ / Bridgewater-Raritan) coming in fifth.

The Red Hawks then swept the top five spots in the shot put led by sophomore Jon Tancer (Montville, NJ / Montville), who registered a best throw of 15.15 meters. Morrison-Bird was second at 14.11 and David Helterbran (Sewell, NJ / Washington Township) third at 13.36 meters. DiGiacomo and Luginsland rounded out the MSU finishers in the event.

Andrew Flores
captured the pole vault with a height of 3.45 meters (11-3.75 meters). Anthony Quagliato (Long Valley, NJ / West Morris Central) was second with Brian Cooper (Succasunna, NJ / Roxbury) coming in third.  
MSU closed out its appearance in the meet with a victory in the 4x200 relay as the group ran a time of 1:38.44.

The Red Hawks are back in action on Saturday, December 11 as they head to Princeton, NJ for the Princeton New Year Invite.