Fraley Places Second in Season-Opener
Jan. 14, 2017
SEATTLE -- Gonzaga's Troy Fraley came in second in the men's 3,000 meters at the University of Washington Indoor Preview Saturday. The meet was the season-opener for the Zag women and men inside the Dempsey Center.
Fraley finished right behind Olympic Gold Medalist Matt Centrowitz in the event. Fraley’s time of 8:00.54 was not far from Centrowitz’s new meet record time of 7:49.89. Fraley owns the GU program record at 7:57.16, set last year on the same track at the Husky Classic.
“In a race headlined by reigning Olympic Gold Medalist Matt Centrowitz, as well as a slew of American professional runners, Troy Fraley would shine,” Director of GU Track Pat Tyson said. “Fraley finished second to Centrowitz, while beating team USA member Dan Huling and defending U.S. cross country champion, Craig Lutz in the process. Also, in the fastest heat on the day Scott Kopczynski mixed it up with the top 10 through most of the race before fading to 16th with a still solid early season mark of 8:26.03.”
Jake Perrin won the second heat of the 3,000 meters at 8:17.25. His time ranks fourth on the program’s all-time list and was four seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in his heat. Kellen Manley (8:24.04) and Kyle Thompson (8:24.85) were first and second in the opening heat.
Kinsly Smith crossed the line at 1:54.85 in the men’s 800 meters. He finished sixth overall in the event. His time was just off his personal record of 1:54.14, ran at last year’s UW Preview, and is third-fastest mark in program history.
“Kinsly is racing off rusty legs, but a great opening performance considering he has been training in deep snow in Jackson Hole, Wyo.,” Tyson said.
The Gonzaga women had four runners in the 3,000 meters, including Amelia Evans who returned to the track after a year off.
“The 3k saw Olivia Evans (10:34.53), Amanda Kiefer (10:35.98), and Claire Manley (10:35.72) race together to personal bests in the first heat,” GU women’s head coach Patty Ley said. “The second heat saw Amelia Evans (10:21.49) return to racing in over a year and she looked very strong early before being plagued by the time off. But, I saw good things in the 3k crew and we will see big drops again from all of them soon.”
In the women’s mile, Katy Culver placed sixth in her heat and 19th overall at 5:15.96. Her time was just outside the program’s top 10. Jerry Sicalo came in 12th in the men’s mile. He finished with a time of 4:14.83, placing third in his heat.
After running in the 400 meters, Brianna Vasquez won her heat of the 200 meters with a time of 28.44. The Zag women’s 4x800-meter relay team placed third. The quartet of Monica Ripple, Megan Glenski, Emma Morris and Julie Henling had a time of 10:10.16.
“Plenty of work to do and some people are getting healthy,” Ley said. “But, the ladies are ready to do the work and are excited to compete.”
The GU men’s 4x800-meter relay team came in fourth at 8:08.27. Bennett Gagnon, Sicalo, Peter Hogan and Zac Garrard made up the Bulldog foursome.
“We travel eastbound feeling very good about this first test effort competition at the Dempsey at UW,” Tyson said. “Particularly because these student-athletes, men and women, have been on their own for the last four weeks. Several of them have had to adapt their workouts because of difficult intense weather conditions. I’m very proud of the Zags!”
Gonzaga is at the WSU Open Indoor next Saturday. The first track event, the men’s mile, is scheduled for 10 a.m.
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