Gonzaga Men Dominate Distance Races
Brandon Pollard

Jan. 23, 2016

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PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Gonzaga men's track program grabbed three event titles at the Washington State Indoor Open Saturday.

Brandon Pollard cruised to the 800-meter title with a time of 1:55.96, nearly three seconds faster than second place. He kicked out the last 200 meters and passed three runners for the win. The sophomore moved from ninth to seventh on the program's all-time list.

Kellen Manley and Forest Tarbath placed first and second in the men's mile. Manley edged out his teammate at 4:23.57. Tarbath's time was 4:23.74.

The Zags swept the top three spots in the men's 3,000 meters. Jerry Sicalo (8:55.15), Jack Pearce (8:57.96), and William Thompson (8:59.89) made up the 1-2-3 finish.

"It was great to dominate the 800, mile, and 3,000 meters with younger developing runners," Director of GU Track Pat Tyson said. "After Kellen and Forest had their 1-2 finish, Brandon (Pollard) crushed the end of his race. The afternoon would finish with a terrific sweep by Zags in the 3,000. It was a great day for the young Zag runners as they use these meets to learn how to compete, and another crowd pleaser for the fans watching the action in Pullman!"

In the women's 3,000 meters, Jordan Thurston came in second at 10:16.33. Shannon Porter of Saint Martin's broke the meet record with a time of 10:10.44. Maggie Jones placed sixth in the 800 meters at 2:23.06. Katy Culver had a top-10 finish in the mile, placing ninth with a time of 5:21.06.

"Katy (Culver) continues to improve," Gonzaga women's head coach Patty Ley said. "Though times are not reflective of improvement because of the tight turns in the bubble, we did see improvements in racing, strength and pacing. All our 400-meter runners were very competitive in their heats. Brianna (Vasquez) picked up a nice win in her heat of the 200. And, Maggie added a solid 800 based on just longer mileage right now. Megan Chucka moved up very well in the second heat to place in the top three. The day ended with Jordan in the 3000 getting caught up for a bit then pushing hard at the end in her second shot at the distance. It was another solid week and nice to see the improvements."

Gonzaga heads back to the Dempsey Center in Seattle for the prestigious Washington Invitational next weekend. The Zags begin racing in the meet Friday evening. Live video and results will be available on GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Saturday Finishes
Women's 200m: Vasquez (29th, 27.77)
Women's 400m: Vasquez (23rd, 1:04.35); Foster (26th, 1:04.68); Stroosma (31st, 1:05.77); Dillon (32nd, 1:06.09)
Women's 800m: Jones (6th, 2:23.06); Chucka (16th, 2:28.20); Albrecht (24th, 2:38.13)
Women's Mile: Culver (9th, 5:21.06); Fraher (13th, 5:32.15); Kiefer (16th, 5:41.63); Slavoski (17th, 5:45.91); Anderson (18th, 5:46.53); Henling (19th, 5:48.78)
Women's 3000m: Thurston (2nd, 10:16.33); Ripple (25th, 12:18.11)
Men's 800m: Pollard (1st, 1:55.96)
Men's Mile: Manley (1st, 4:23.57); Tarbath (2nd, 4:23.74)
Men's 3000m: Sicalo (1st, 8:55.15); Pearce (2nd, 8:57.96); Thompson (3rd, 8:59.89); O'Leary (5th, 9:05.18); Kaderabek (8th, 9:06.95); Thomas (10th, 9:10.35); Lunder (11th, 9:14.50); Eastwood (22nd, 9:37.91)



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