Indi impresses on first Idaho outing
INDI GALLAGHER sped out the blocks in her introduction to competing as an Idaho State University athlete.
After donning Guernsey kit over the summer to snatch 400m silver at the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest Island Games, the 19-year-old has taken up a scholarship in America and last weekend produced a notably quick 60m time at the Snake River Open.
Gallagher ran 7.89sec. over the distance – only ever surpassed by Kylie Robilliard locally – in her heat before returning to take third in the final.
Her heat time had been 11-hundredths outside Robilliard’s U23 mark for the rarely-run distance and this prompted Guernsey coach Tom Druce to comment on the potential for further progress.
‘Her time was very, very good – I’m very impressed,’ said Druce on reviewing video footage of her race.
‘She looked very strong out the start – she’s always been a good starter when she was here, so that’s a solid part of her race.
‘She also looked very strong in that I think she’s been in the gym quite a lot. She managed to start the race up well and she managed to execute the rest of the race.
‘If she runs any more 60s, she will be able to find a few more hundredths of a second and it was her first race of the year, so we’ll see.’
She surpassed this finish position in taking second over 200m with a solid but not otherwise notable time of 26.04sec.