HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford junior Dylan Gearinger has been named the Centennial Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week following a standout performance at the historic Penn Relays on Thursday evening in Philadelphia.
The Berwick, Pa. product picks up the weekly honor for the sixth time this academic year after capturing the award twice during cross country season in the fall and three straight weeks during the indoor track season.
Gearinger finished 13th overall with a time of 14:14.68 in the men's 5,000 meter run. Gearinger's time was a new personal record and the second-fastest by a Division III entrant, trailing only ninth-place finisher Grant O'Connor of RPI.
In addition to recording the second-fastest Division III time on Thursday, the time was also the third-fastest in Division III this season, eclipsing the fastest mark entering the weekend by nearly seven seconds. The reigning NCAA indoor 3,000-meter national champion ran the fourth-fastest outdoor 5,000-meter time in the illustrious history of the Haverford program, becoming just the fifth Haverford runner to post a sub-14:20 mark on Thursday. The time was also the fastest ever recorded by a Haverford 5,000 meter runner at the Penn Relays.
Four of the Top 15 5,000-meter times in Division III this season were recorded on Thursday night at the Penn Relays. Gearinger's teammate Henry Woods checked in with the eighth-fastest time in Division III this season, missing a personal record by less than a second with a time of 14:26.94.
Gearinger and the Fords will now prep for this weekend's Centennial Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The annual conference meet is slated for Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6. Action for the Fords will kick off with the 10,000 meter run at approximately 7:50 p.m. on Friday evening at Ursinus.