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The Gun Show || Monmouth University: Where Leaders Look Forward...To The Pros

Monmouth University; the small private college planted in the heart of the Jersey Shore, surely cannot produce professional quality athletes, correct? There is much doubt that a school of such size and caliber will ever contribute to the ranks of the NFL, NBA, MLB and various other professional outlets…Boy could that assumption be farther from right! Monmouth University, since its inception, has seen its share of draft picks and names heard once or twice on nationally broadcast television.

Today’s focus will not be so much on every name of an alumnus who wore a professional athletic jersey, but to focus in on a handful which will dramatically change your perspective on the athletic talent here at MU.

Surely the name Miles Austin jumps out, especially as he repeats the words “Attended Monmouth University” on Sunday Night Football, Monmouth is the alma mater of Kevin Owens, a New Jersey born professional basketball player who has seen time in the NBA Developmental League and is now in Estonian professional basketball. Fellow Hawk alumni and basketball player Alex Blackwell made the leap to the NBA in the early nineties and put Division-1 Monmouth on the map as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Other notable alumni from the Monmouth hardwood, according to basketball-reference.com include names of draftees John Blair, Clair McRoberts, Bill Terry, and Don Wiley, who undoubtedly contributed immensely to the Hawk program in their heydays.

As a Division-1 AA football member, critics might claim the program cannot produce NFL ready players. But this again would be an untimely guess. Monmouth-groomed athletes have seen their share of NFL gameplay. This of course includes Dallas Cowboys’ stand-out receiver Miles Austin, but also: John Nalbone, former MU tight end who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2005. In more recent Hawk football history, former players Chris Hogan and Tom Ottaiano received serious NFL prospecting. Wide receiver Hogan was signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent early in the season and later was signed to the New York Giants practice squad. Ottaiano, an MU offensive lineman, was drafted by the New York Jets before the 2011 season.

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Indoor Track and Field Sprints Ahead of Competition

indoor track and field sprints ahead of competitionThe indoor track and field team has posted some very strong finishes so far, this year.

The men’s and women’s teams kicked off the new year at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ the weekend of January 6-7 in the Rutgers Invitational. Monmouth won a combined 14 events for the men’s and women’s team, the most at the meet since 2003.

Vince Elardo shined once again, after winning back-to-back Northeast Field Athlete of the Week honors. He came in first place with a throw of 17.26 m. in the shot put event. He also finished in first place in the weight throw with a throw of 17.23 m.

Shane Carle finished in fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 15.29 m. In the weight throw, Taylor Bernstein posted a third-place finish with a distance of 13.84 m.

In the long jump, Joshua Lewis finished in second with a jump of 6.67 m. Stevenson Cajuste followed with a third-place finish, posting a mark of 6.44 m.

For the women, Lindsey Walsh qualified for the ECAC Championships in March after she recorded a high jump of 1.70 m. She also finished in third in the long jump. In the pole vault, Lauren MacDonald finished in first place with a mark of 3.2 m.

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Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu