Thursday , October 13, 2016 - 2:56 PM
This information was supplied by the Utah Sports Hall of Fame. It has been edited for length and clarity.
The induction ceremony for this year’s class will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
Gerber is one of five selected for this year’s hall of fame class. He joins Annette Cottle (BYU and Utah State volleyball), Devin Durrant (BYU basketball), Elaine Elliott (Utah women’s basketball coach) and Jon M. Huntsman Sr. as inductees.
A graduate of Bingham High School and Weber State University, Gerber became an NCAA champion and world-class runner in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Gerber maximized the coaching of steeplechase expert Chick Hislop of Weber State, developing into one of the best athletes not only in Wildcat history, but in the Big Sky Conference and the NCAA.
His 1984 NCAA victory was judged No. 20 in the “50 Greatest Men’s Moments” in Big Sky history. At that meet, Gerber outdueled the favored Julius Korir of Washington State. Korir would go on to win the Olympic gold medal that summer, representing Kenya. Gerber finished fourth in the ‘84 U.S. Olympic Trials, barely missing the opportunity to run at the Olympics.
Gerber’s winning time of 8:19.27 stood as the American collegiate record until 2012. He also finished fourth in the 1983 NCAA meet, earning All-American honors.
By the time he left WSU, he held school records in the 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters, steeplechase and distance medley. He won four Big Sky titles, counting indoor and outdoor meets.
Gerber was inducted into Weber State’s Hall of Fame in 1995. He earned 12 varsity letters in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. He was the first native Utahn who attended a Utah college to break the four-minute mile barrier and he’s one of four native Utahns to have won an NCAA track championship.
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