Washington U. Early Bird Cross Country Meet Renamed in Memory of Gabby Reuveni
St. Louis, Mo., July 18, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s cross country season opener has been renamed the Gabby Reuveni Early Bird, in honor of the late cross country runner Gabby Reuveni, who passed away July 14, 2012.
Previously the Washington University Early Bird, this year’s meet is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31, at Central Fields in St. Louis’ Forest Park. The women’s race will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the men’s race at 8:30.
“Gabby was the quintessential teammate and student-athlete, self-motivated and selfless in every area of her life,” head coach Jeff Stiles said. “The reason everyone was so devastated by Gabby’s tragic passing was not because of her athletic achievements, but because of who she was as a person. Our team is excited to honor Gabby this way, because she loved this meet so much. It meant the start of the cross country season and the first opportunity for the team to compete together. Naming the meet after her will be a wonderful way to honor a young lady who truly believed that our teams were not meant to just be teams, but a family.”
Reuveni, who would have been a senior this season, passed away when she was struck by a pickup while out for a run in Palmyra Township, Pa. She was a University Athletic Association (UAA) all-academic honoree in cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field during the 2011-12 seasons. Reuveni was also a member of Washington University’s 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship women’s cross country team.