June 15, 2012

Garry Finishes Fifth in Steeplechase at U.S. Junior Nationals

Rising Sophomore Represents Bulldogs among Nation's Best in Her Age Group

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Rising sophomore Kira Garry (Montauk, N.Y.) was back on the track Friday night, less than two weeks after setting the school record in the steeplechase. Garry competed in the U.S. Junior National Championships at Indiana University, finishing fifth with a time of 10:57.39.

It has been six years since a Bulldog has competed at Junior Nationals, which feature athletes who will be between 16 and 19 years old at the end of the year. This year's meet, which runs until Sunday, includes nearly 800 competitors. The field of 15 in the steeplechase included athletes from schools such as Arkansas, Michigan, Penn State and UCLA. High schooler Brianna Nerud won with a time of 10:23.87.

The meet also serves as the selection for the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships, scheduled for July 10-15 in Barcelona, Spain. The top two finishers who meet qualifying standards in each event will be invited to compete in Barcelona as members of Team USA.

Garry broke the school record with a time of 10:22.81 on Saturday June 2 at the New Balance Boston Twilight Meet. Her time was nearly five seconds better than the previous Yale record, set by Anne Lovelace '12 in 2010 (10:27.60). Garry placed second in the race, trailing only former BC standout Jillian King (10:18.78).

Prior to that, Garry's best steeplechase time had come at Heps (10:28.63), where she placed fifth. She also won the steeplechase at the Yale-Harvard meet. Garry competed in the NCAA East Regional on May 25 in Florida, running a 10:44.22 to place 42nd.

Garry was a two-time All-American in the steeplechase in high school, and was also a high school All-American in the 5,000. She attended Friends Academy.

Garry is a member of Berkeley College at Yale. Her mother, Louisa Gerritz Garry '87, is on Yale's top 10 lists in the 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles, along with three relay events (4x400-meter, 4x800-meter and distance medley).

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity