Timothy P. Lear ’92
Running Champion Leads Pingry To State Titles. Known as one of “the finest cross country runners in school history,” Timothy “Tim” Lear was instrumental in guiding Pingry’s cross country team to three consecutive parochial titles. During freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons, Tim set school records and helped lead the team to three consecutive state cross country titles. As a freshman, Tim immediately made an impact and helped lead the team to its first appearance in the New Jersey Meet of Champions. As Pingry’s top runner, Tim led the team to its first parochial title while he was a sophomore. The following years, when he was a junior and senior, he led Pingry to its second and third parochial titles. Tim excelled in cross country and was just as accomplished on the track. He set school class records in the 3200 meter run each year, winning country and state titles in the process. Tim was the runner-up in the NJ Indoor Meet of Champions in the 3200 meter run. He holds the Pingry record for the best finish at the Meet of Champions. In addition, he finished sixth in the de facto national championships at the Golden West Invitational in Sacramento, CA against the top high school two-milers in America. Tim ran the first leg on the distance medley relay team in 1992 at the East Coast Relays–they won by a country mile with a time of 10:16 and were ranked second in America. After Pingry, Tim continued his running career at Princeton University, earning All-Ivy honors. He was recognized his senior year as the MVP of the cross country team and as one of the top 15 cross country runners in the Ivy League.