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Indoor Records Fall At UW Invite In Seattle

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 01/26/2013
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SEATTLE, Wash. - With only 10 runners competing, Gonzaga University indoor track made it count with three school records broken at the University of Washington Invite Saturday.

"We had some kids in some heats with a lot of bodies," assistant coach Patty Ley said. "Our runners got out in front and ran hard. Many of them stepped up."

Emily Thomas broke the 3,000 meter time held by Lindsey Drake by posting a 9:43.03, three seconds faster than the former record. Thomas placed 23rd overall in the invite of the race.

Two men's indoor records were broken. First was by Robert Walgren who broke the 5,000 meter record Friday evening with a 14:37.26. The record time was 14:57.68 held by Patrick Richie but Walgren smashed it by more than 20 seconds.

Walgren finished 13th.

The other record broken was in the 800 meter. Previously the record was held by Matt Gosselin but it was surpassed by Andy Phillips who ran a 1:53.68, good for sixth overall in the open race.

In the men's 3,000 meter invite, Conor McCandless ran a 8:21.91, good for second fastest in program history. He placed 23rd. Following him was Andrew Walker who ran an 8:25.72, good for 29th in the invite.

Colin O'Neil, who ran an 8:24.97, finished first in the 3,000 meter open.

For the women, in the 3,000 meter open, was Amelia Evans who ran a 10:08.11, which was good enough for 11th.

"We learned a lot and made some real solid moves today," Ley said. "It was a solid day and we are all looking forward to one."

Next up for the indoor team is Idaho Indoor on Feb. 2.

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