May 1, 2013
SEATTLE - Husky Head Coach Greg Metcalf today announced the signing of another top men's distance recruit out of the state of Washington, as Mead High Shool senior Andrew Gardner committed to the Huskies. Gardner is the 17th overall commitment to the Huskies' 2013-14 class.
Gardner is the sixth men's distance commit, and the third to attend high school in the Spokane area, along with Keith Williams (North Central HS) and Sumner Goodwin (Lewis and Clark HS). Gardner has been one of the nation's top distance runners his entire career, reaching the Footlocker Cross Country Nationals each of the past three years, and finishing in the top-11 each time.
"Andrew is one of the best high school runners in the country, and is another huge addition to a fantastic class of distance runners," said Coach Metcalf. "We have hoped he would be a Husky for a long time now, so this is a great day."
Not just a standout at home, Gardner has competed twice for Team USA, including at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in March in Poland, where he finished 42nd overall as the American squad finished fourth out of 17 teams. He qualified for World Juniors via a sixth-place finish at the USA Junior Championships in St. Louis this past February. Gardner also ran at the 2013 NACAC Junior Championships in Jamaica.
He is a three-time state champion, winning the 4A cross country title this past fall, and sweeping the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter titles at the 2012 state track meet in personal-best times of 4:09.71 and 8:59.83. Gardner was named the 2012 Gatorade Cross Country Athlete of the Year for Washington State, and the 14th-best runner in the country last fall according to Running Times. Washington has also signed the women's 2012 Gatorade Athlete of the Year from Washington, Amy-Eloise Neale.