July 23, 2016

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College signing: Buckeye’s Ryan Gallagher heads to Naval Academy

Last August, Buckeye’s Ryan Gallagher competed in the Early Bird Invitational at Lorain County Community College. This fall, the Buckeye graduate will get a chance to run for the United States Naval Academy. (AP PHOTO)

YORK TWP. — Ryan Gallagher’s life changed in four days.

The Buckeye cross country and track standout always had dreamed of attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and was on the waiting list before receiving a phone call July 1 to see if the recent graduate was still interested.

According to Gallagher’s mother, Vicki, her son gladly accepted the offer and, 72 hours later, reported for duty at the Division I school, where he expects to run cross country and track.

Ryan Gallagher, who was a two-time Gazette MVP in cross country and won the award in track in 2012, will be in training for the remainder of the summer.

From there, he will look to secure a spot on the Midshipmen roster. Navy’s cross country program has seen its share of success, winning four straight Patriot League crowns from 2008-11, while the track team has claimed outdoor titles in ’04, ’05, ’08 and ’11.

Gallagher brings an impressive resume. He was a four-time state qualifier and two-time placer in cross country, along with earning All-Ohio accolades twice in track.

The 5-foot-8, 135-pounder was sixth at the D-II state cross country meet as a junior and followed with a seventh-place showing as a senior.

In track, Gallagher placed fourth in the 3,200 meters to cap a dominating junior season.

This spring, Gallagher battled through a mouth infection that cost him an early chunk of the season, but battled back to qualify for regionals in three events. He took eighth in the D-II 3,200 final in season-best time.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.