Gerry Lindgren Invitational

February 11, 2006

University of Washington's
Dempsey Indoor Facility

A National Scholastic Indoor
Championships Sponsored Event

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The Gerry Lindgren Invitational 5000 meters honors distance legend and recent Hall of Fame inductee Gerry Lindgren. A highlight of this track meet will include the Gerry Lindgren High School 5000 Meters. Featuring several of the nations top high school distance runners, the High School 5000 Meter will be a race for history, to eclipse the national records of 14:29.28 for the boys and 16:43.02 for the girls High School 5000 Meters. The winner will be awarded the Gerry Lindgren 5000M Championship Trophy by Gerry Lindgren.

Make sure you stay tuned here for results and video of the event!!!

On the boys side:

Featuring the National Sophomore and Junior class record holder, and defending National Indoor 5000 Meter Champion Mohamud Ige

On the girls side:

WA State 4A XC Champion,
FL West 3rd place finisher,
& FL National Finals 4th place
finisher, Megan O'Reilly

- by Marc Davis

This weekend in Seattle, WA some of the finest distance runners in the country gather at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the campus of the University of Washington. Saturday afternoon, during the Husky Classic they will all be running the Gerry Lindgren Invitational 5000 meters.

In 2003, retired Georgetown coach Frank Gagliano was quoted as having called Dempsey Indoor “the best indoor track in America,” an opinion echoed by 2004 U.S. indoor 800-meter champion and 2000 Olympian Michael Stember. "I love this track,” Stember told the Seattle Times in 2003. “It mimics running outdoors”. The facility includes a permanent 307-meter MONDO track and a full 100-yard FieldTurf infield equipped to host the shot put, weight throw, long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault events.

Included in the field is Foot Locker 8th & 9th place finishing twin-duo of Diego and Danny Mercado, 4A Colorado State Champion and Foot Locker 10th place finisher Mohamud Ige, Washington State 4A Champion Jeff Helmer, Oregon State Cross Country 4A Champ runner-up Isaac Stoutenburgh, as well as Oregon State Cross Country 4A 3rd place finisher Jerhoemee Murray.

Stoutenburgh, who ran an impressive double just a couple of weeks back at this very facility (4:12 mile and 8:32 3000m) looks to be one of the front runners of the field. His fastest time at this distance is 14:38 set outdoors last spring. However, all eyes will be on Mohamud Ige. The sophomore and junior class high school record holder, as well as the 2005 National Indoor Champion, Ige hopes to add not only the senior record, but of course surpass the National Record of 14:29 (Brad Hudson 1984). Danny Mercado, coming off a solid top 10 placing at the recent Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (8th overall) last fall looks to be a solid factor in not only the top 3, but certainly any attempt at a National record. Danny has a personal record of 14:43 outdoors, set just last year. His brother Diego finished just 3 spots back of Danny in 11th place at the Foot Locker Champs, and has a personal record of 14:25 outdoors.

Other top competitors include: Zach Reiter, the Wyoming State 4A XC Champion; Brad Taylor, the Oregon State 2A/1A XC Champion; Adam McDonald, the Utah State 5A Champion and a member of Nationally Ranked Mt. View High School; Cameron Quackenbush Washington State XC Team Champion, as well as a member of Nationally Ranked Ferris High school.

Because of a small field on the girls side, the lone top representative of the female high school harriers will be Megan O’Reilly. Finishing 3rd at the Foot Locker West Regionals, and later going on the finish a surprisingly 4th overall at the National Cross Country Champs in San Diego, O’Reilly will be running in the Open/Collegiate Division. Also on the schedule during the Husky Classic will be a Collegiate Invitational Mile for both men and women.


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Girls: WA State 4A XC Champion Megan O'Reilly will compete in the Collegiate/HS Girls 5000m Invitational.

Schedule of Events

Packet/Uniform Pick-Up
Gerry Lindgren greets athletes
Collegiate Womens Mile
Collegiate Mens Mile
Gerry Lindgren HS Boys 5000m Invite
Collegiate/HS Girls 5000m Invite


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