PR: 1,500m 3:34.71 (2004) Mile: 3:56.92 (2005)
Born: August 6, 1978 in Wheatridge, Colo.
Current Residence: Lawrence, Kansas
High School: Mullen Prep (Denver, Colo.,) 78
College: Kansas 02
Coach: Doug Clark
Agent: Chris Layne
Career Highlights: 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up; 2004 U.S. 4 km cross country champion; 1999 & 2000 Big 12 Conference outdoor 1,500m champion
After finishing as the men’s 1,500m runner-up at the 2004 Olympic Trials on July 31, 2004, Gruber secured his spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team by running 3:34.71 at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. Gruber’s time easily surpassed the Olympic A standard of 3:36.20…He is the first University of Kansas track and field athlete to compete at the Olympic Games since pole vaulter Scott Huffman and sprinter Pierre Lisk showcased their skills at the 1996 games in Atlanta and Gruber is the first track and field athlete under head coach Stanley Redwine’s tutelage at Kansas to earn a spot on Team USA. By making the Team USA roster for the 2004 Olympic Games, Gruber adds his name to other all-time great KU and American 1,500m stars that includes Olympic silver medal winners Jim Ryun (1968, Mexico City) and Glenn Cunningham (1936, Berlin). He showed signs of his success this summer in February at Indianapolis by winning the 2004 USA Cross Country 4 km title in Indianapolis. A five-time All-American at KU, Gruber won the 1999 and 2000 Big 12 Conference Outdoor 1,500m titles.
9th in opening
round at AT&T USA Outdoor Champs (3:57.65)…did not finish opening round at AT&T
USA Indoor Champs 1,500m…best of 3:57.65.
2005: 5th in 1500m at USA Outdoors (3:42.89)3rd at USA Indoors 1,500m (3:46.11)ranked #8 U.S. by T&FNbest of 3:39.41.
2004: Runner-up at U.S. Olympic Trials (3:38.45)USA 4 km XC champ (11:14)9th in opening round at Olympic Games (3:41.73)set PR (3:34.71) at Heudsen1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (3:37.23)ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 3:36.20
2003: 5th at USA Outdoors (3:45.29)ranked #6 in U.S. at 1,500mbests of 3:39.74 & 4:01.81i.
2002: 7th at Big 12 Outdoors7th in opening round at NCAA Outdoors10th in opening round at USA Outdoorsbests of 3:41.20 & 4:06.28.
2001: 11th at USA Outdoors (3:46.40)bests of 3:41.30 & 3:58.47.
2000: 1st at Big 12 Outdoors7th in opening round at NCAA Outdoors10th in opening round at Olympic Trialsbests of 3:41.20 & 4:01.81i
1999: 1st at Big 12 Outdoors11th at NCAA Outdoorsbest of 3:43.45.