Patterson, Gearity, 4x400 Relay Headed to NCAA Outdoor Championships

Montclair, NJ (5/22/11) – The Montclair State women’s outdoor track and field team will be heading off to the NCAA Division III Championships which will be held at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio later this week.
The Red Hawks will send two individuals as well as its 4x400 meter relay team when the national meet begins on Thursday, May 26 and concludes on Saturday, May 28 at the Selby Field and Gauthier Track.

Sophomore Ashadaya Patterson (Trenton, NJ / Northern Burlington) will compete in the 100 meter hurdles while freshman Heather Gearity (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) takes part in the 400 meter hurdles. In addition, the two will team with Michelle McNulty (Bayonne, NJ / Bayonne) and freshman Krystal Ellis (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) in the 4x400 relay.

Gearity, looking to become the first Red Hawks to win the event since Tierra Hicks in 2003, will run in the prelims of the 400 meters at 7:30 pm on Thursday evening. She will then have a quick turnaround as the preliminaries of the 4x400 relay are slated for 9:05 pm.

Patterson will have her prelims on Friday at 6:45 pm with both finals set for Saturday (2:25 pm for the 100 hurdles and 3:55 for the 400 hurdles) as well at the 4x400 final (5:25 pm).

Both Patterson and Gearity qualified for the NCAA Championships via the automatic qualifying mark.

Patterson posted hers at the NJAC Championships on May 7 as she claimed the league title in the event. She ran a time of 14.48 seconds and went on to earn Outstanding Track Athlete honors for the meet.  Patterson enters the NCAAs with the 10th fastest time in the country this season.

Gearity, named the NJAC Rookie of the Year, recorded her qualifying mark at the Penn Relays on April 28. She registered a time of 1:01.21 seconds which at the time was the fastest in the nation. Gearity’s time currently ranks fifth in Division III.

Meanwhile the 1,600 meter relay team qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships at the conference meet as they won that event with a time of 3:53.35 setting a new school record. The group lowered that time two weeks ago at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet to 3:52.52 and made the list of teams in the event.

Montclair State has won three individual outdoor titles: Nacole Moore and Monique Riddick in the shot put in 2002 and 2009, respectively and Hicks in 2003.