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Garden City's Emma Gallagher will run against Olympians at Millrose Games

Emma Gallagher anchoring Garden City in the Super

Emma Gallagher anchoring Garden City in the Super Runners Metropolitan High School girl's 4 x 800 where the team placed first in a time of 9:00.92. (Feb. 11, 2012) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Throughout her high school track career, Garden City’s Emma Gallagher has distinguished herself as one of the top 600 meter runners on Long Island. On Saturday, she’ll have the chance to run against the pros.

The sophomore has been invited to run in the Howard Schmertz women’s 600 at the Millrose Games on Saturday at The Armory in Manhattan, according to coach Erica Fregosi.

The field features five professional runners, including 2012 Olympians Melissa Bishop (Canada) and Alysia Montano (U.S.). The starting gun is slated to fire at 9:13pm, according to armorytrack.com.

Gallagher ran a 1:30.35 at the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 1, currently the top time in the U.S. That time is less than one second off the New York State record of 1:29.65, set by Phyllis Francis of Catherine McAuley High School in Brooklyn in 2008. The national record is 1:29.27, set by Janine Davis of Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington, New Jersey in 2005, according to Fregosi.

Gallagher’s winning performances in the 600 and 300 at last week’s Nassau Class A championships helped Garden City win its seventh straight county title. She was also part of the 4X800 relay team that won in 9 minutes, 53.64 seconds.