FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2012
Contact: Terry Small, NJAC Commissioner
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RAMAPO'S ROGERS NAMED 2011-12 NJAC WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD MOST OUSTANDING ATHLETE
Pitman, N.J. - Ramapo College junior Anita Rogers (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) has been named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field Most Outstanding Athlete for the 2011-12 season. Her selection highlighted the 59-member NJAC women's indoor track & field all-conference team which was announced on March 6. All NJAC special awards were determined by a vote of the league's nine head coaches, while the league's all-conference honors were based on performances at the NJAC Indoor Track & Field Championships conducted at the New York Armory on February 24.
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In their first year in the NJAC, Farmingdale State had received two All-Conference honors. Junior Kathleen Clermont (Uniondale, N.Y.) and junior Victoria Mandat (West Babylon, N.Y.) both received Second Team honors. Clermont was honored for the 200 Meters, where she took 2nd place at the NJAC Championships with a season-best time of 26.02. Mandat's honor was in the 60 Hurdles, where she most recently ran a 9.12 at the ECAC Championships last weekend, her best time this season in the event. At the NJAC Championships, she took 2nd place in the Hurdles.
Rogers was named the NJAC Most Outstanding Female Indoor Athlete for the second consecutive season after claiming NJAC championships in both the long jump and the triple jump with respective conference-record leaps of 5.68 and 12.16 meters. The 2008-09 NJAC Women's Indoor Rookie of the Year, she also placed fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 26.51. Rogers also was a member of the Roadrunners' NJAC champion 4x200 meter relay (1:43.80).
Montclair State University junior Heather Gearity (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford) was named the NJAC Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. She claimed the NJAC championship in the 400 meters with a time of 57.39. She also placed fourth in the conference 60 meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 9.43. Gearity also was a member of MSU's conference runner-up 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays which produced respective times of 1:44.28 and 3:59.17.
Ramapo College junior Michelle Favre (Saddle Brook, NJ/Saddle Brook) was selected as the NJAC Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. The former 2009-10 NJAC Women's Indoor Rookie of the Year claimed the conference crown in the pole vault with a school-record mark of 4.01 meters.
Montclair State University freshman Imani Jones (Roselle, NJ/Abraham Clark) was selected as the NJAC Women's Indoor Rookie of the Year. Jones claimed the NJAC championship in the 200 meters with a personal-best time of 25.94. She also placed third in the 60 meter dash with a personal-best mark of 7.98. Jones also competed as a member of MSU's conference runner-up 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays which produced respective times of 1:44.28 and 3:59.17.
Ramapo College head coach Mike Jackson was selected as the NJAC Women's Indoor Coach of the Year by his peers for the second consecutive season. Jackson guided the Roadrunners to a first place finish in the 2011-12 NJAC Indoor Championships, becoming just the second program in the history of the conference to claim the NJAC women's indoor team crown.