Women's Indoor Track and Field Ends 2011 on High Note at Princeton New Year's Invite


Princeton, NJ (12/10/11) – The Montclair State women’s indoor track and field team posted several outstanding performances as the Red Hawks finished off the 2011 calendar portion of their schedule at the Princeton New Year’s Invite at Jadwin Gymnasium on Saturday.

Junior Heather Gearity (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) placed fourth in the 600 meters as she registered a qualifying mark of 1:36.90 against the field of Division I and III competitors. She then anchored the 4x400 relay team which also recorded a ECAC Championship qualifying mark as the group of Stephanie Fego (Verona, NJ /Verona), Imani Jones (Roselle, NJ / Abraham Clark), Beaira Thomas (Irvington, NJ / Science Park) and Gearity timed in at 4:06.19 to finish ninth overall. The time is currently third in Division III.

Thomas also earned a spot in the Top 20 in the long jump as she leaped 5.08 meters (16-feet, 8-inches). Her distance is currently No. 20.

Freshmen Sheneya Murphy (Somerdale, NJ / Collingswood) and Mahalia Caise (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) both set personal bests in the 300 meters as they registered times of 44.16 and 45.05, respectively.  Classmate Cassandra Coate (Hamilton, NJ / Steinert) finished 10th in the weight throw, establishing a new school record as well as a personal best with a distance of 12.10 meters. Tanaya Jones (Newark, NJ / Weequahic) also set a personal record in the event at 11.87 meters and finished 12th overall.

Montclair is now off until Friday, January 13 when it returns to action at the Gotham Cup held at The Armory in New York.