Gearity Collects Second NJAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week Accolade

Montclair, NJ (1/23/12) - Junior Heather Gearity (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) earned her second New Jersey Athletic Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Week accolade on Monday.

Gearity finished second in the pentathlon as she competed at the Mountain Hawk Multi Invite at Lehigh University on Friday. Gearity bested her previous high mark of 3,095 points as she totaled 3,133 points in the five-event competition. She is currently ranked second in the nation in the pentathlon.

Gearity, who boasted personal best marks in four of the five events, finished third in each of the first three events. In the 60 hurdles, she ran 9.74 seconds to eclipse her previous mark of 9.77 set last weekend at the Gotham Cup. After leaping 1.49 meters in the high jump, she threw 8.38 meters in the shot put for another personal best. After earning 1,795 points in the first three events, she placed fourth in the long jump with a personal best 5.02 meters. Gearity wrapped up the pentathlon by winning the 800 meters with a personal best time of 2:23.78.

Gearity is currently ranked in the Top 35 in four different events this season - pentathlon (No. 2), 400 meters (No. 15), 800 meters (No. 35) while also being part of the 4x400 relay that is ranked 11th overall.