HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford College junior Dylan Gearinger picked up another honor on Tuesday afternoon as the Berwick, Pa. product was named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mideast Region Track Athlete of the Year. Gearinger becomes the first Haverford athlete to win the award since Charlie Marquardt was honored following the 2015 outdoor campaign. Gibby Graves was also honored as the regional Field Athlete of the Year that season.
The indoor 3,000-meter champion has emerged as one of the top distance runners in the nation in his junior campaign. Gearinger captured both the 5,000-meter and 10,000 meter titles at the Centennial Conference Outdoor Championships, becoming the conference's Track Performer of the Year in the conference in the process. His outdoor distance double comes off the heels of the Indoor Conference Performer of the Year designation and an illustrious junior track campaign that has already included four Centennial Conference Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week awards and eight total event titles.
Gearinger has etched his name into the record books for the Fords as he ran the fourth-fastest 5,000-meter time in the history of the outdoor program at the Penn Relays on April 26, delivering with a 14:14.68 time in arguably the sport's most prestigious collegiate event. Gearinger's 10,000-meter time of 30:17.22 at the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton on April 6 is the eighth-fastest in program history. Currently, Gearinger is ranked fourth nationally in the 5,000 meters, eighth nationally in the 1,500 meters and 14th nationally in the 10,000 meters.
Gearinger will focus on the 5,000 meters in La Crosse, Wisconsin this weekend at the NCAA Division III National Championships. The finals-only race will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Gearinger is the fourth overall seed and the top seeded athlete that will be competing in just one event.
A live video stream and live results for each event this weekend is available via HaverfordAthletics.com