June 6, 2012

Garry Sets School Mark in Steeplechase, Preps for U.S. Junior Nationals

Rising Sophomore Could Earn Spot Representing U.S. at World Junior Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Fresh off setting a school record in the steeplechase, rising sophomore Kira Garry (Montauk, N.Y.) will compete in the U.S. Junior National Championships on June 15 at Indiana University looking to earn a spot representing her country at the World Junior Championships in July.

Garry broke the school record with a time of 10:22.81 this past Saturday night 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).

Garry's seed time for the U.S. Junior National Championships meets the World Junior Championship qualifying standard, so she can make the U.S. team for the World Junior Championship (in Barcelona, Spain, July 10-15) by finishing in the top two at Junior Nationals.

Garry's race takes place at 7:35 p.m. on June 15. Junior Nationals are open to those under the age of 19, so the field includes some of the best college freshmen and high school athletes in the country. Based upon current entries, only Brianna Nerud (10:19.91) of North Shore High School has a faster time than Garry. The entry list also includes athletes from universities such as Arkansas, Penn State and UCLA. It has been six years since a Bulldog has competed at Junior Nationals.   

Prior to this past Saturday, 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