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Stellar Performances Mark A-10
Track and Field Championship

By Joseph DiBari

A wild ending at the Atlantic 10 Track and Field Championship on Feb. 19 saw the Fordham men’s squad make a successful last-ditch effort to take the bronze medal.

The men had amassed 56 points and were in ninth place with three events remaining—the 800 meters, 1,000 meters and 4x800 relay.

Senior Brian Schmidt began the surge by defending his A-10 title in the 800 meters, clocking in at 1:54.65. Sophomore John Cosgrove also scored in the event, taking fourth with a time of 1:55.48.

Next up was junior Kevin Fitzgerald, who won the 1,000 meters in 2:29.02. Freshmen Brian Walter (2:30.32) and Ryan Polo (2:31.03) also finished well, taking fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Finally, Fordham took the 4x800 relay—marking the culmination of their three-event sweep. Cosgrove, Michael Rossi, Schmidt and Fitzgerald won the race in a season-best time of 7:40.51.

When the final totals were recorded, the Rams had 88 points, edging out the University of Massachusetts and Temple University by one point. It was the highest-ever finish for the Rams.

On the women’s side, senior Kerri Gallagher continued her superlative track career by breaking A-10 records in two races while helping her team to an eighth-place finish.

She started the day by winning the mile run in a league-record time of 4:48.60, breaking the old mark of 4:49.71 set in 2000. Gallagher then doubled her pleasure by winning the 1,000-meter run in a conference record time of 2:51.43, breaking the old record of 2:52.79 that was set in 2006.

Gallagher still had enough gas in the tank to race a third time. She joined Elisabeth Warren, Averie Sheppard and Kelly Connolly to take sixth place in the 4x400 relay with a season-best time of 3:55.06.


Senior Brian Schmidt (right) and Sophomore John Cosgrove (left) run the 800 meters earlier this season.

Photo by Devin Kelly


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