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April 29, 2015

 

ASIEDU & FORBES RECEIVE
JOHN E. HETHERMAN AWARD

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College seniors Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) and Jarell Forbes (Providence, RI) were named the co-recipients of Rhode Island College’s John E. Hetherman Award at the College’s annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday morning.

 

The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement. The student who receives the Hetherman Award must be a male student-athlete who participates in intercollegiate athletics, a good student and has demonstrated interest and participation in campus activities.

 

Asiedu starred for the men’s soccer program from 2011-2014 and closed out his career having played in 69 games, starting 61 of them. A three-time All-Little East Conference selection, he ranks eighth all-time at RIC in both goals (32) and points (80). He finished his career with 16 assists, which is ninth in program history, and scored 14 game-winning goals for the Anchormen.

 

 

 

As a senior in 2014, Asiedu appeared in 17 games, starting all of them. He was named Second Team All-New England and First Team All-Little East. Asiedu notched 13 goals and five assists for 31 points, best in the conference. He registered six game-winning goals, was a perfect 5-for-5 on penalty kicks and was named the conference’s Player of the Week on two occasions.

 

As a junior in 2013, Asiedu was named Second Team All-Little East. He was one of the team’s two captains, and was one of just three Anchormen to start in all 19 games during the season. Asiedu racked up 10 goals, including a league-high five game-winners, to go along with five assists for 25 points. He led RIC in goals, assists and points, and also ranked fifth in the Little East Conference in points on the year. Asiedu was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

 

 

As a sophomore in 2012, Asiedu was named Second Team All-Little East. He played in 14 games, starting all of them. He finished the season with five goals and five assists for 15 points. Asiedu led the Anchormen in goals, assists and points on the year. As a freshman in 2011, he played in 19 games, starting 11 of them. He recorded four goals and one assist for nine points.

 

Asiedu is a biology/pre-med major and a 2011 graduate of Lincoln High School.

 

Forbes is a track & field standout for the Anchormen, starring in both the indoor and outdoor seasons from 2011-2015. He has garnered one All-American accolade in two trips to the NCAA Div. III National Championships. He has earned three All-ECAC honors, six All-New England awards and 16 N.E. Alliance honors during his illustrious career. He holds nine individual or relay records for the Anchormen’s indoor and outdoor teams.

 

As a senior in 2014-2015, he earned All-New England honors with a third place finish in the 60m hurdles (8.43) at the N.E. Div. III Championships. Forbes earned N.E. Alliance honors in four events, finishing fourth in the 60m hurdles (8.50), seventh in the high jump (1.93m) and eighth in both the long jump (6.45m) and the 400m (52.41) at the Alliance Championships on Feb. 14.

 

 

 

As a junior in 2014, Forbes was named the 2014 Little East Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and team MVP. Forbes finished seventh in the nation in the 400m hurdles, en route to attaining All-American honors, with an effort of 52.81 in the final day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Div. III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 22-24. Forbes assured himself of All-American honors with a fifth-place (52.59) effort in the preliminaries of the 400m hurdles on the first day of competition and established a new program record in the event along the way. 

 

He earned All-ECAC honors after taking home the title in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.48 at the ECAC Championships on May 15-16. Forbes also placed 13th in the preliminaries of the 110m hurdles (15.13). Forbes finished ninth and established a new program record in the preliminaries of the 110m hurdles (14.77m) and also placed 10th in the 400m hurdles preliminaries (54.75) at the N.E. Open Championships on May 9-10. He was the New England Champion in the 400m hurdles (52.89) and also notched a second place finish in the 110m hurdles (14.78) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on May 3. He was the Little East Champion and finished third overall in the 55m hurdles with a program-record time of 7.71 to earn N.E. Alliance honors at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 15.

 

 

 

As a sophomore in 2013, Forbes placed 17th in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.44 at the NCAA Div. III National Championships on May 23. He earned All-ECAC honors in the 400m hurdles with a sixth place finish (53.21) at the ECAC Championships on May 16-17. Forbes placed sixth in the 400m hurdles (53.02) and fifth with a program record time as a part of the 4x400m relay (3:15.94) at the N.E. Open Championships on May 10-11. He also broke the program record in the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.92 in the preliminaries.

 

He earned All-New England honors in the 400m hurdles with a second place finish (53.23) and also earned All-New England honors as a member of the 4x400m relay that recorded a third place finish (3:19.69) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on May 4. Forbes earned N.E. Alliance honors in four events, as he was the N.E. Alliance Champion in the 400m hurdles (53.54) and as a member of the 4x400m relay team (3:20.76), while also placing second in the 400m (48.97) and third in the 110m hurdles (15.31) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on April 27.

 

As a freshman during the indoor season, Forbes finished 26th in the preliminaries of the 60m hurdles (8.89) at the N.E. Open Championships on Feb. 25. Forbes finished 13th in the preliminaries of the 60m hurdles (8.84) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 18. He earned a pair of N.E. Alliance Honors at the N.E. Alliance Championship on Feb. 11 as he took first place in the 55m hurdles with a season-best time of 8.08 and was part of the 4x400m relay team (3:27.96) that also finished third. Forbes also placed eighth in the 600m (1:26.31) and 10th in the high jump (1.81m).

 

Forbes is a justice studies major with a minor in coaching. He is a 2011 graduate of Classical High School.

 

ABOUT THE JOHN E. HETHERMAN AWARD

The Hetherman Award was established in 1958 and sponsored by the RIC class of 1940 to honor its classmate, Jay Hetherman. Mr. Hetherman, while a student, played varsity basketball and baseball for two years. He was also active in the drama club and took part in all “stunt night” activities and major productions. During World War II, Hetherman became a naval aviator, receiving his wings in Jacksonville, Florida in 1942. Approximately one year later, while returning from flying a rescue mission in the South Pacific, Lt. John E. Hetherman crashed and lost his life, leaving an enviable college and service career behind him.

 

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