Bulldogs Head Across Town To Whitworth Twilight Thursday
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University track coach Pat Tyson said Thursday's Whitworth Twilight Mini Meet across town at Whitworth University will be a low-key affair for his squad.
The track events begin at 2:30 p.m.
Three of the four runners who competed in the San Francisco State Distance Carnival last Friday will take the day off. Emily Thomas, who set the school 10,000 meter record in San Francisco, and Tate Kelly and Colin O'Neil, who toyed with the men's 10,000 meter school record, will not be in action Thursday.
Robert Walgren, who ran the 5000 meters in San Francisco, will run the 1500 meters.
"We want Emily, Tate and Colin to be fresh for the Oregon Relays (April 20)," Tyson said. "Robert can run the 1500 because the 5,000 isn't as tough on the legs."
With the exception of Cameron O'Neil and Michael Morgan who will run the 5,000 meters, Tyson said "we are going to load up in the 1500. We want to get down into the low 3:50's and challenge the men's school record, and then go from there."
The men's 1500 school record is 3:53.0 by Jon Neill in 1996.
Brent Felnagle (3:58.34), Scott Davis (3:58.37), Walgren (3:58.40), Ben Lance (3:59.52) and Andrew Walker (3:59.58) are those running Thursday who have eclipsed the 4-minute barrier this year and closed in on the school record.
The women are a little more spread out Thursday, with participants in the 200 and 400 meter dashes. But the Zags will be top-heavy in the 800, 1500 and 5000 meters.
Kelly Williams leads a strong Bulldog delegation in the 800 meters as she brings a season-best 2:17.33 into the meet. Catherine Theobald, who turned in a strong 4:42.35 in the 1500 last Saturday at WAR V at Spokane Falls Community College, will be entered in the 800 where she has a career-best 2:19.00.
The women's 1500 has several entries, led by Lauren Bergam at 4:47.00 and others close to breaking the 4:50 barrier. Bergam will also double in the 5000 meters where she looks to get under 17:40 for the first time.