Gallagher Nips Canadian Sprinter for Hershey’s North American Crown

Gallagher Nips Canadian Sprinter for Hershey’s North American Crown
Posted on 09/12/2014


Via the Pasadena Citizen

Pasadena, you don’t just have a national champion to celebrate. You have a North American champion to celebrate.
The city is officially home to the best and fastest 11 and 12-year-old 200-meter runner in the United States and Canada after Pasadena ISD student Reagan Gallagher dramatically captured the Hershey’s North American Finals championship with the time of 27.72 seconds in Hershey, Pa., last Saturday afternoon.

Running in Lane 4, Gallagher becomes the first-ever youngster from the city’s summer track and field program to capture first place at the prestigious North American Finals.

But yikes was it a super close race. Samantha Ogbeiwi, representing the Langley Mustang Track and Field Club, a suburb of Vancouver, Canada, was nudged out at the finish line when she was clocked at 27.85 seconds, good for the silver medal.

Ogbeiwi was attempting to become the fourth girl from Canada over the last seven years to win the 11 and 12-year-old division of the 200-meter race.

The bronze medal went to Florida sprinter Aaliyah Muhammad, following her run of 28.60 seconds.

Nebraska sprinter Halle Theis placed fourth at 29.41 seconds. Massachusetts runner Samantha Schoenbert of Harvard posted a time of 29.70 seconds, good for fifth place and Asha Hamilton, representing the Blue Thunder Track Club from Columbia, Mo. finished the distance in 30.70 seconds for sixth place.

In seventh was Lea Savard at 31.27 seconds and eighth had Katie Mack notching the time of 31.54 seconds.

Gallagher held off her seven opponents with a slower time than her qualifying time that deposited her in Pennsylvania in the first place. At the Hershey’s state championship meet back in June, she scorched the 200-meters in 27.09 seconds.

It was Gallagher’s wish to drop her time under 27 seconds when she toed the Pennsylvania starting line. From her coach on down, they figured that’s what it would take to win the race. But as it turned out, it wasn’t needed after all.

This was Gallagher’s second trip to the North American Finals. She’s the first PISD female athlete from the city to accomplish the extraordinary feat. Two years ago, competing in the 9 and 10-year-old division of the 200-meters, she captured third place.