Gearity, Goldson Named MSU Athletes of the Week for January 23

Montclair, NJ (1/23/12) - Junior track and field All-American Heather Gearity (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) and basketball sophomore Ordel Goldson (Hackettstown, NJ / Warren Hills), were named MSU Athletes of the Week for January 23.

Gearity is named for the second time in as many weeks after finishing second in the pentathlon 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, named the NJAC Track Athlete of the Week, 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.

Goldson had an outstanding performance as Montclair State in its only game of the week as the Red Hawks improved to 15-4 overall, 5-2 in the NJAC. The sophomore forward recorded his third double-double of the season in MSU’s 79-74 win over Rowan, the Red Hawks’ fourth consecutive victory. He scored 21 points and grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds while also blocking three shots. Goldson, who made 9-of-12 shots from the field, took control for MSU down the stretch, scoring eight of the team’s final 10 points to seal the victory. Goldson had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in the second half. For the season, Goldson is second on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg), rebounding (8.2 rpg) and blocked shots (20) while shooting 57 percent from the field.