Christopher K. Lear ’92
Centennial Cup Winner Makes Running a Life-Long Passion Christopher “Chris” Lear excelled in cross country and track while at Pingry. He set school records and was celebrated and honored as a Pingry athlete. Chris was a member of three Parochial B champion cross country teams. As a senior, Chris won the Parochial B state meet, finished second in the prestigious 5th Ave Mile (4.14), eighth in the Meet of Champions, and thirteenth at the Kinney Northeast Regional. Chris set the school’s 3.1 mile race record (15.35) and earned First-Team All-State honors. Chris also excelled on the track. As a senior, he placed second in the Millrose Games high school invitational mile and won the New Jersey Indoor Meet of Champions 1600-meter run in a meet record 4:16. In outdoor track, he finished third in the 1500 meters at the Penn Relays and anchored the distance medley relay team to victory at the East Coast Relays in a school-record time of 10:16. That time made Pingry the second fastest high school relay team in America in 1992. Chris went on to win the New Jersey Outdoor Meet of Champions 1600-meter title in a meet record time of 4:11.1 and become the ninth schoolboy in state history to run the mile in under 4:10 with his 4:09 clocking at the Golden West Invitational in Sacramento, California. Christ was awarded the Centennial Cup for “outstanding ability, sportsmanship, spirit, and leadership” and was honored as the New Jersey Gatorade TRack and Field Athlete of the Year. Chris earned All-Ivy, All-East, and All-American honors on the track and was a two-time cross country captain at Princeton University. A writer, Chris authored the ‘cult-classic’ book Running with the Buffaloes, and Sub 4:00: Alan Webb and the Quest for the Fastest Mile.