Kerri Gallagher Inducted Into Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame
NEW YORK – Kerri Gallagher, Manhattan College’s Head Coach for Cross Country, Mid Distance and Distance, was inducted into the Fordham University Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday night during the Fordham Athletics Gala at 583 Park Avenue. A 2011 Fordham graduate, she set six school records and won four Atlantic 10 titles during her time with the Rams.
As a senior in 2011, Gallagher set meet records while winning both the 1000 meters and mile at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships. She also won the 800 meters at the 2011 Metropolitan Championships, breaking her own school record, and qualified for the ECAC Championships in all three events. In addition, Gallagher finished first in both the 800 and 1500 meters at the 2011 Metropolitan Outdoor Championships and took second in the 1500 at the 2011 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships.
She received the 2011 Claire and Jack Hobbs Award as the most outstanding female athlete at Fordham and twice earned a place on the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team (2010, 2011).
In 2010, Gallagher finished first in the 1000 and second in the mile at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships. She then placed second in the 1000 at the ECAC Indoor Championships, posting a time of 2:47.86, the second-fastest in Fordham history and the fastest since 1992. It was also one of the 40 best 1000-meter times in the nation that season.
After graduation, Gallagher continued running professionally, and she represented the United States in the 1500 meters at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, reaching the semifinals. Gallagher has participated in three U.S. Championships, finishing third in the 1500 in 2015 and fifth in 2013. In addition, she made the semifinals at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.Gallagher made an immediate impact in her first season as Manhattan’s cross country/distance coach. The men’s cross country team won its first Metropolitan championship since 2001 before finishing fourth at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships and 13th at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships. The Jasper women, meanwhile, placed fifth at the MAAC Cross Country Championships, their best finish since 2008.