Christiana Gallagher grabs GBTC baton for first time

Christy Gallagher wore GBTC red for the first time racing the 400 leg in the Distance Medley Relay this morning at the Terrier meet at Boston University. Photo by GreaterSnap

Christy Gallagher wore GBTC red for the first time racing the 400 leg in the Distance Medley Relay this morning at the Terrier meet at Boston University. Photo by GreaterSnap

Certainly no one has heard the BU track so loud, cheers from every corner, standing room only, anyone would have thought Galen Rupp broke the American Record in the mile (and 1500), only about 1 second off.  A world-leading time of 3:50.92, Galen crushed the meet record, in an event that saw six under 4-minutes!

GBTC highlight’s include David Kennedy, sharing something in common with Rupp, winning his event the 400m in a new club record 47.76!  Out of the third heat no less!  Teammate Alex Engel won the fourth heat of the 400m to finish 4th overall in 48.53, returning in the 200m for a PR in 22.06.  Engel and Kennedy joined O’Connor and Tirella for the heat win of the 4×400 for 11th overall (3:17.70).  New member Mark Williamson finished 6th in the 500m in 1:03.98 and Brian Robbins is coming into form with his 1:54.66 in the 800m after his DMR contribution.

Ryan Irwin showed off his surge in the DMR (10:20.44, overall 4th) on the 1200-leg, and returned for the 1000m in 2:31.65.  Chris Kibler (8:31.84) led the way in his heat of the 3k, while Connor Rose (8:34.43) towered above the field just a couple ticks behind his teammate.

David Cahill shared some speed with the DMR in the 400m leg, but his big day will be Sunday in Providence where he will be joined by Chris Simpson and Mark Gomes of Eliot TC and Greg Hammett of CMS for a 4x800m 35-39 WORLD Indoor Record attempt.  Simpson and Gomes are hot off a new 4×800 40+ World Record which they broke by almost 10 seconds in 7:58 when joined by Erik Nedeau (NBB) and Scott Weeks (Syracuse Chargers).

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