Born: April 5, 1973 in Chicago, Ill.
PR: 8:19.16 (1996) Steeple 8:19.26 (1996)
Current Residence: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Evanston Township (Evanston, Ill.) 1991
College: Ohio State 95
Coach: Lee Labadie
Agent: Ray Flynn
Career Highlights: 3rd at 2004 Olympic trials; 1999 U.S. runner-up; 2003 USA 4 km Cross Country champ; 2-time Olympian (96, 04)
Robert Gary qualified for his second Olympic team in 2004 with his third place finish at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento. Gary went on to place 12th in his opening round heat at the Olympics in Athens. He is a former Big 10 steeplechase champion who had his best year in 1996, when he improved on his PR by 17 seconds to make his first Olympic team. Not coincidentally, Garys second-best time of 8:19.46 came at the 2004 Olympic Trials, where he made his second Olympi Team. received a degree in English education from OSU in the fall of 1996, and is beginning his seventh season as Ohio States mens distance coach, having just completed his sixth year as the head mens cross country coach. The 2002 cross country season was Garys most successful season as head coach of the Buckeyes. After a steady progression, he guided the mens team to a second place finish at the Big Ten Championships, which was the teams highest finish in the conference since 1977. Following the Big Ten meet, Gary led the Buckeyes to its second NCAA appearance and finished an impressive 17th overall. As a result, Gary was named Ohio Cross Country Coach of the Year for the fourth occasion, while senior Derrick Butler was named the Ohio Cross Country Runner of the Year for 2002. Butler is the third student-athlete to achieve the award in Garys tenure. Gary is a graduate of Evanston Township High School (Chicago, Ill.) where he was a state champion in the two-mile and an All-Midwest selection in soccer.
1st at Bloomington meet on 7/6 (8:26.58)...did not finish at USA Outdoors...15th
at Heusden (8:24.16)...best of 8:24.16.
2004: 3rd at Olympic Trials in (8:19.46)12th in opening round heat at Olympic Games (8:46.17)2nd at USA XC Champs 12 km (35:07)3rd at USA XC Champs 4 km (11:15)ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 8:19.46.
2003: 1st at USA XC Champs 4 km (12:53)did not compete at World XC Champs3rd in steeple at USA Outdoors (8:24.82)1st at Stanford (8:27.77)ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 8:24.82
2002: 11th at USA Outdoors (8:23.12)ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 8:23.12.
2001: 8th at USA Outdoors (8:27.54)ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 8:27.54.
2000: 8th at USA Olympic Trials (8:25.87)sixth at USA Indoor 3,000 (8:12.14)ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 8:25.87.
1999: 2nd at USA Outdoors7th in heats at World Champs (8:25.15)4th in Pan American Gamesranked #2 in U.Sbest of 8:22.19,
1998: 11th at USA Outdoorsranked sixth in U.S. by T&FNbests of 3:43.47, 8:01.88 and 8:25.20.
1997: Did not compete at USA Outdoorsbests of 7:56.63i and 8:52.46.
1996: 2nd in steeplechase at Olympic Trials11th in heats at Olympic Gamesranked third in U.S. by T&FNbests of 3:46.4, 4:13.11I, 7:52.63i and 8:19.26.
1995: 4th at NCAA Outdoors7th in heats at USA Outdoorsbest of 8:36.3.
1994: Won Big Ten steeple; 3rd in 5,0009th in STC at NCAA Outdoorsbests of 8:47.90 and 14:42.12.
1993: Best of 14:34.0.
1992: Best of 3:53.77.
1991: 2nd in 5,000 at USA Juniorsbests of 4:08.57, 8:23.81 and 14:32.04.