Gallagher Takes Second In ECAC 1000-Meter Race
Last Saturday afternoon, Fordham’s Kerri Gallagher (Belle Harbor, N.Y./ Bishop Kearney) qualified for the ECAC Championship finals with the fastest 1000-meter time in the preliminaries, while teammate Kevin Fitzgerald qualified for the Men’s IC4A Championship 1000-meter with the second best qualifying time.
On March 7, it was reversed, as Fitzgerald won the IC4A 1000-meter title while Gallagher took second in the ECAC 1000-meter at the ECAC/IC4A Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center in Boston, Massachusetts. For their accomplishments, both runners were named All-East.
In the women’s 1000-meter, Gallagher was edged out at the finish line by Connecticut’s Leah Andrianos, who won the race in a time of 2:47.41, 0.45 seconds ahead of Gallagher.
Gallagher’s time of 2:47.86, a seasonbest for the Rams, was the second fastest women’s indoor 1000-meter time in Fordham University history, trailing only Lauren Gubicza’s school record time of 2:45.8 set in 1992.
Two weeks prior to the ECAC Championships, Gallagher won the 1000- meter title at the 2010 Atlantic 10 Championship held at the Univer-sity of Rhode Island while placing second in the mile. She started her day by placing second in the mile in a time of 4:55.76 to earn Second Team All-Conference honors. Later in the day, she came back to take first in the 1000- meters, winning in a time of 2:55.25, almost two seconds ahead of La Salle’s Kellilyn Fierras.
On the year, Gallagher recorded Fordham’s fastest 800-meter time, clocking a school-record 2:08.56 on February 12 at the Valentine Invitational in Boston. She also has the school’s fastest 1000-meter (her time at the ECAC Championship) and mile times (4:55.76).
The men’s and women’s track programs will now move outdoors as they open the outdoor schedule on Saturday, March 20, at the Morgan State Invitational in Baltimore.