SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University men's
and women's track and field teams return to the University of Idaho campus Saturday
for the Vandal Collegiate.
The Vandal Collegiate starts at 8 a.m., but the first
event featuring the Bulldogs will be the men's mile at 10:15 a.m., followed by
the women's mile at 10:30 a.m.
Head coach Pat Tyson said training for the Vandal
Collegiate was marvelous last weekend.
"It was like birds of a feather flocking together. Nobody
seemed to collide. It looked like an intense workout where everybody was
nailing it," Tyson said. "Our goal on that workout was to do some simulations
and do some things that would give them the confidence so when they do a race,
they will say 'I've done it. I did my homework.' It was really good for me
personally to see the kids dial in and get it done."
On the women's side, assistant coach Patty Ley said she
is looking forward to the 3,000 meter race, which will feature Emily Thomas,
Maggie Jones, Emily Albrecht and Becca Barad in the first heat, Teresa Makowski
and Jaime Van Lith in the second heat.
"That should be a nice race for them. Idaho is
holding the top women out after they busted up pretty good last weekend, but
that's okay. It will be a good solid meet for the younger women," Ley said.
The Bulldog women will be without Lindsey Drake, who
suffered a minor hip injury. Ley hopes to have her back in action for the
University of Washington Final Qualifier March 3.
On the men's side, the Bulldogs will be without Chris
Boyle. Tyson feels he is not quite ready to return to the track after suffering
a minor leg injury prior to the University of Washington Invitational Jan. 28.
"We thought we could put him back in this week, but he
might be a week or two away," Tyson said. "We are hoping to have him ready for
the UW Last Chance Meet in two weeks."
Tyson said he is looking forward to the men's 3,000 meter
race, which will feature Robert Walgren.
"This will be Robert's debut in the 3,000. He's been
running the mile the last couple of times," Tyson said. "Tate Kelly is going to
be in the 3,000 with him. Nate Gesell, who won this meet two weeks ago, will
also be in that race. Colin O'Neil will be in that 3,000 heat among a few other
Kelly missed the Runners Soul Open Feb. 4 due to a minor
leg injury he suffered while training for the UW Invitational.
Tyson also made a few changes to his men's mile line-up.
"We are going to debut Andrew Walker in the mile. He hasn't
run a mile for a while," Tyson said. "We're putting a couple of young kids in
the race such as Nick Roche out of Tigard, Ore., and some of our veterans,
Jared Christian, Scott Davis are going to be back in that mile race."
With two meets remaining in the indoor season schedule, Tyson
and Ley believe their squads are ready for the outdoor season.
"They are going to pop outdoors," Ley said. "The outdoor season
is going to be pretty outstanding for them. We've gotten really good work in