Pollard Runs Second-Fastest Indoor Mile in Program History
Jan. 13, 2018
SEATTLE – Gonzaga’s Brandon Pollard opened the 2018 schedule by running the second-fastest indoor mile time in program history at the UW Indoor Preview inside the Dempsey Center Saturday.
Pollard won his heat and placed 10th overall with a time of 4:08.00. He edged out Portland’s Noah Schutte (4:09.25) for the third heat win. Yomif Kejelcha won the event at 4:02.70, while Oregon’s James West was the top collegiate finisher in sixth at 4:04.49. Pollard had the second-best collegiate time. There were five sections of the event with 54 runners in the field.
“Brandon ran a brilliant tactical race, positioning himself in the top three or four throughout the first 1,200 meters and would take the lead at the bell, opening up a huge victory,” Director of GU Track and Field Pat Tyson said. “Section four proved to be exciting for the Gonzaga milers. Redshirt freshman Andrew Clusserath and sophomore Stefan Bradley would, at times, take the lead to make an exciting last 400 meters. They would battle eventual winner Brad Hodkinson, an All-American cross country runner from Pacific Lutheran, finishing with respectable early season times of 4:17.35 for second place, Andrew and third place Bradley in 4:17.56. In an earlier heat, Mason Villarma would finish eighth in 4:16.37.”
Kinsly Smith placed 12th out of 21 runners in the 800 meters. He lined up in the same heat against Olympic 800-meter Bronze Medalist Clayton Murphy. Smith finished with a time of 1:57.74.
The Zag women collected first and second place finishes in the 4x800-meter relay. The quartet of Megan Glenski, Caroline McCarthy, Katherine Gustafson and Jenna Rogers took first with a time of 10:05.03. Jenny Albrecht, Kelly Gilbert, Emma Morris and Rachel Hansen were second at 10:07.67.
Claire Manley ran a personal record in the women’s 3,000 meters and placed second in her heat. She crossed the line at 10:09.31.
“First one is in the books and solid performances coming off of break,” Gonzaga women’s head coach Patty Ley said. “It’s always tough when they have headed home to train on their own for the break, but very obvious that they have done a nice job. Today was a very nice base from which to start the year.
“Highlights were the 4x800 with each team fighting back and forth. It was fun that they were nicely matched! Claire’s 20-plus second PR in the 3k. Aimee Piercy ran well for the first 2k, but has only gotten in a couple of workouts after coming back off an injury at the beginning of break.”
In the men’s 3,000 meters, Bennett Gagnon ran a personal best of 8:18.53. That finish ranks fifth on the GU all-time list. He won his heat and placed 12th overall. Peter Hogan and Ben Hogan were first and second in the third heat. Peter crossed the line at 8:34.75, followed by Ben’s time of 8:35.30. Jake Perrin ran in the elite heat and finished at 8:24.49.
“I’m really excited for the freshmen who were not training or racing at this point last year and simply went out and competed well,” Ley said. “It will be good to get everyone back on campus this week and working together!”
Gonzaga competes in the WSU Indoor Open on Jan. 20. Results will be posted on GoZags.com.
“I’m very impressed by the competitiveness of our 10 competing runners,” Tyson said. “Again, I have not seen them for four weeks. Their training had become from being big time self-starters, and some of our athletes having to compete in conditions that would lead them to doing workouts on a treadmill. What we take out of this is a great opening for the road ahead to NCAA outdoors in late May and early June. I am excited for the men and women of Gonzaga Track and Field.”
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