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Niki Cleary
Niki  Cleary

Hometown:
Flemington, N.J.

High School:
Hunterdon Central Regional

Event:
Sprints/Jumps

Birthdate:
02/27/1997

Experience:
Jr./Jr.

02/24/2017

Women's Track & Field -- BIG EAST Championships (2/24/17)

Villanova competed on the first day of the BIG EAST Championships on February 24, 2017.

02/26/2016

Women's Track & Field--BIG EAST Championships Day 1

Villanova women's track & field photos from Day 1 of the BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships

01/08/2016

Villanova Open

Villanova made its debut at the brand new Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex on January 8.

On Cleary: Had a strong sophomore campaign last year and was a BIG EAST scorer in both the pentathlon and the heptathlon ... Ranks sixth in school history in the heptathlon and has the potential to score even higher over her next two seasons ... Hard worker who should continue to be an important team contributor at the BIG EAST level.

2017 Outdoor: Tallied a fourth place finish in the heptathlon at the BIG EAST Championships and recorded personal best times in all three of the running events in the heptathlon ... Finished with a personal best score of 3,913 points, which puts her sixth on the Wildcats all-time performance list ... Ran the 100 meter hurdles in 17.33, the 200 meters in 25.89 and the 800 meters in 2:30.22 during the BIG EAST competition ... Other marks included a height of 1.32 meters in the high jump, a shot put throw of 9.28 meters and a javelin throw of 23.71 meters ... Began the outdoor season at the Penn Challenge, where she came in ninth in the long jump with a mark of 4.94 meters and also recorded times of 18.43 in the 100 meter hurdles and 26.79 in the 200 meters ... Ran the 200 meters at the Colonial Relays (26.50) ... Placed 12th in the 200 meters (26.28) and 16th in the long jump (4.93m) at the Sam Howell Invitational ... Runner-up in the javelin with a throw of 24.97 meters at the Haverford Invitational ... Recorded a height of 1.40 meters in the high jump and placed eighth in the long jump (5.13m) at the Lions Invitational.

2016-17 Indoor:
Established personal best marks in the 60 meter hurdles, 800 meters, shot put and pentathlon during the season ... Scored a team point at the BIG EAST Championships with an eighth place finish in the pentathlon, where she scored a persoanl best 2,915 points ... Along the way to reaching that point total recorded a personal best throw of 9.46 meters in the shot put ran the 800 meters in a personal best time of 2:32.23 ... Finished fourth in the field of pentathlon competitors in each of those events, as well as tying for fourth in the long jump with a distance of 5.10 meters ... Other marks were a time of 10.07 in the 60 meter hurdles and a height of 1.36 meters in the high jump ... Also competed in the long jump at the BIG EAST Championships, finishing 13th with a measurement of 4.76 meters ... Completed two pentathlons during the season ... Scored 2,793 points in a fifth place finish at the Fast Times Before Finals Meet at Lehigh in December ... Her marks included times of 10.29 in the 60 meter hurdles and 2:44.06 in the 800 meters, a height of 1.35 meters in the high jump and a distance of 5.35 meters in the long jump, and a throw of 9.39 meters in the shot put ... Opened the indoor season by competing in three events at the Jack Pyrah Invitational ... Posted times of 10.26 in the 60 meter hurdles and 42.55 in the 300 meters, in addition to recording a long jump of 5.10 meters ... Registered a personal best time of 9.98 in the 60 meter hurdles during the preliminary heats at the Villanova Open, a meet where she also posted a season-best time of 26.57 in the 200 meters ... Recorded a long jump of 5.18 meters at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... Ran the 200 meters in 26.70 and had a mark of 4.85 meters in the long jump at the Gotham Cup ... Tallied a distance of 5.01 meters in the long jump at the Villanova Invitational ... Ran the 60 meter hurdles at the FastTrack National Invitational and posted a time of 10.52 in the preliminary heats.

2016 Outdoor:
Tallied personal best performances in five different events as well as the heptathlon during the season ... Competed in the heptathlon and the long jump at the BIG EAST Championships ... Came in ninth in the long jump with a distance of 4.96 meters and finished 10th in the heptathlon with a score of 3,165 points ... During the heptathlon recorded personal best marks of 17.55 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles and 25.26 meters in the javelin ... Had the fourth-best mark in the field with a time of 2:39.83 in the 800 meters ... Was fifth in the field in the 200 meters (27.06), the shot put (9.17m) and the javelin ... Recorded a mark of 4.72 meters in the heptathlon long jump ... Completed a heptathlon earlier in the season at the Princeton Outdoor Invite, where she scored 3,334 points to tally a ninth place finish ... Registered personal best marks in the shot put (9.22m) and the 800 meters (2:36.01) at the Princeton meet ... Her other heptathlon marks there included times of 21.62 in the 100 meter hurdles and 27.26 in the 200 meters, jumps of 1.42 meters in the high jump and 4.70 meters in the long jump, and a throw of 23.34 meters in the javelin ... Opened the season by running the 200 meters in 27.36 and recording marks of 4.92 meters in the long jump and 18.41 meters in the javelin at the Penn Challenge ... Tallied a time of 18.26 in the preliminary heats of the 100 meter hurdles and recorded a personal best time of 26.60 in the 200 meters at the Colonial Relays ... Registered times of 17.59 in the 100 meter hurdles and 26.96 in the 200 meters, in addition to a measurement of 4.92 meters in the long jump at the Lions Invitational.

2015-16 Indoor: Competed in the pentathlon and the long jump at the BIG EAST Championships ... Scored a team point with an eighth place finish and a total of 2,619 points in the pentathlon ... Also recorded a 14th place finish in the long jump with a mark of 4.39 meters ... During the pentathlon competition had the fourth best mark in the field with a measurement of 4.85 meters ... Also tied for fourth among the pentathletes with a personal best height of 1.46 meters in the high jump ... Tallied a personal best time of 10.23 in the 60 meter hurdles to start the pentathlon ... Also had a mark of 8.07 meters in the shot put and a time of 2:51.39 in the 800 meters to complete the five events ... Competed at six different meets prior to the BIG EAST Championships ... Made her collegiate debut at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational, where she came in sixth in the 60 meter hurdles (10.34) and ninth in the 300 meters (44.02) ... Took part in three different events at the Villanova Open, where she tallied times of 10.49 in the preliminaries of the 60 meter hurdles and 27.66 in the 200 meters, while also registering a mark of 4.83 meters in the long jump ... Had a time of 10.58 in the preliminary heats of the 60 meter hurdles at the Great Dane Classic ... Finished 20th in the hurdles in 10.29 at the Covert Classic ... Placed 22nd in the 200 meters (27.53) and 30th in the long jump (4.81m) at the Villanova Invitational, and had a mark of 4.99 meters to finish 13th in the college section of the long jump at the FastTrack National Invite.

Hunterdon Central Regional High School:
Earned a total of seven varsity letters, including four during the outdoor track & field season and three for the indoor season ... Competed in the sprints, jumps and hurdles for indoor and outdoor teams that were the Group IV New Jersey State Championship runner-up her senior year ... The team also won the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex county title both indoors and outdoors, as well as the Group IV Central New Jersey sectional crown ... Part of a 4x400 meter relay squad that won the Group IV Central New Jersey sectional title her senior year ... Competed in four events at the state championships meet as a junior ... Earned first team All-Skyland Conference honors in the 4x400 meter relay as a sophomore ... Also participated in club gymnastics and club soccer ... Competed for Gymnastics Unlimited for six years and was a state qualifier every year, including placing at the state meet in four of the six years she competed ... Played 10 years of club soccer for Greater Flemington Soccer Club ... Helped lead her team to the New Jersey Flight 2 state title in 2010 and multiple other tournament titles ... Inducted to the Spanish National Honor Society and the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born 2/27/97 in Edison, N.J. ... Younger of two daughters of Brian and Denise Cleary ... Has an older sister, Samantha (24), who competed in the pole vault at UNCW from 2011-15 ... Hobbies include gymnastics, playing soccer and trap shooting ... Chose to attend Villanova for the appeal of being pushed to do her best both academically and in athletic competition ... Majoring in Environmental Studies with minors in Public Administration and Sustainability.

PERSONAL BESTS

Pentathlon               2,915 Points          2017 BIG EAST Championships
Heptathlon 3,913 Points 2017 BIG EAST Championships

60 Meter Hurdles 9.98 2017 Villanova Open
100 Meter Hurdles 17.33 2017 BIG EAST Championships
200 Meters 25.89 2017 BIG EAST Championships
300 Meters 42.55 2016 Jack Pyrah Invitational
400 Meters 57.67 High School
800 Meters 2:30.22 2017 BIG EAST Championships
High Jump 1.46 Meters 2016 BIG EAST Championships
Pole Vault               3.05 Meters           High School
Long Jump 5.37 Meters High School
Shot Put 9.46 Meters 2017 BIG EAST Championships
Javelin 25.26 Meters 2016 BIG EAST Championships
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team                     2015-16
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
Heptathlon               4th                   2017 Outdoor
Pentathlon 8th 2016 Indoor, 2017 Indoor

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