Patterson, Gearity, Dobson Collect Top NJAC Outdoor Track and Field Honors

Montclair, NJ (5/12/11) – Sophomore Ashadaya Patterson (Trenton, NJ / Northern Burlington), freshman Heather Gearity (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) and head coach Porscha Dobson each earned top honors from the New Jersey Athletic Conference as Montclair placed six total athletes on the All-NJAC Outdoor Track and Field Team.

Patterson was named the Outstanding Track Athlete while Gearity claimed Rookie of the Year honors. Dobson, in her second year with Montclair State, was named the Women's Coach of the Year. League all-conference honors were based on the results of the NJAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships which were conducted at Ramapo College on May 7. All special awards were selected via a vote of the league’s head coaches.

Patterson was selected as the conference’s Outstanding Female Track Athlete after claiming the NJAC title in the 100 meter hurdles, shortly after producing a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 14.48 in the 100 meter hurdle trials. She also was a member of MSU’s NJAC Champion 4x400 and 4x100 meter relays which produced respective NCAA provisional and ECAC qualifying times of 3:53.35 and 48.91.

Gearity, who was chosen as the Outstanding Track Athlete during the indoor season, was named the NJAC Women’s Rookie of the Year. Gearity claimed the NJAC Championship in the 400 meter hurdles with a conference-record and a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:01.68. She also was a member of MSU’s NJAC Champion 4x400 and 4x100 meter relays.

Junior Ashley Powell (Orange, NJ / Marylawn of the Oranges) earned two First-Team accolades as she top honors in both the 100 and 200 meters. Powell set personal bests in each event as she captured the 100 meters with a time of 12.46 seconds before coming back to win the 200 meters at 26.10 seconds.

The 4x400 relay set a new school and conference meet record in that event, while also posting an NCAA provisional time. Patterson, Michelle McNulty (Bayonne, NJ / Bayonne), Krystal Ellis (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) and Gearity combined on a time of 3:53.35. The mark broke the 23-year-old school record set in 1983 and eclipsed the NJAC record held by The College of New Jersey two years ago.

The 4x100 team of Patterson, Gearity, Antoinetta Altilio (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) and Powell reset their own record in the event established two weeks ago on the very same track as the quartet posted a time of 48.91 seconds.

Ellis would finish third in the 400 meters with a time of 58.64 to earn a Honorable Mention accolades.

Dobson guided the Red Hawk women to four individual event and two relay championships during the conference championship meet. MSU also posted two NCAA automatic qualifying marks and broke two school records. Montclair has set three new school standards overall during the outdoor season.