Fraley Finishes Seventh in Seattle
Jan. 28, 2017
SEATTLE -- Gonzaga's Troy Fraley came in seventh-place in the men's 3,000 meters on the second day of the UW Invitational Saturday.
Fraley finished at 7:58.14, not far off of his school record mark of 7:57.16. He did improve on his season-best time of 8:00.54, which topped the West Region, and was third in the country, entering Saturday's race inside the Dempsey Center.
"The crowd pleaser and last distance race of the day featured `the best of the best', the fourth heat of the men's 3000," Director of GU Track Pat Tyson said. "It was a terrific race! Colby Gilbert of Washington followed by Gonzaga's Troy Fraley duked it out chasing the rabbit up front! The pace was weird. Troy looked solid, but the pace kept picking up. Troy lost a little ground with 800 meters to go and gave it his all in finishing seventh and third as a collegian."
"I gave it my all," Fraley said. "I just didn't match the top guns the last phase of the race, but I have no regrets!"
Jake Perrin improved his fourth-best program mark, crossing the line at 8:13.14. Scott Kopczynski was close behind at 8:16.17. Perrin was fifth in the heat, followed by Kopczynski's seventh-place finish.
"Great instinctive running by both Jake and Scott in the elite third heat," Tyson said. "Both rocked the Dempsey! They are two young promising runners!"
In the men's mile, Zac Garrard ran the fifth-fastest time program history at 4:10.95. He placed fourth in his heat. Jerry Sicalo placed third in his heat with a time of 4:15.84, just outside the GU top-10.
"Zac's time would remain the fourth-best of all the morning heats," Tyson said. "Not bad for a guy training on treadmills and running a conservative pace on the slick roads of Spokane."
In the second section of the men's 3,000 meters, Conor McCandless ended with a personal record of 8:21.57, which ranks 10th on the program's all-time list. He placed fifth in the heat, just ahead of seventh-place Kellen Manley at 8:23.48.
"Conor positioned himself in top three early," Tyson said. "The early pace setter from BYU would fall back putting McCandless in the lead, he pushed the pace and glided through 2,400 meters as the leader, before being passed by eventual winner Blair Hurlock. I'm so pumped to see Conor back to being such a tough competitive runner. He has the stuff, we just got to keep him healthy! Kellen closed strong with a personal best time."
Kinsly Smith placed fourth in his heat of the men's 800 meters. He crossed the line at 1:56.51.
"Kinsly has been nursing a sore achilles this week," Tyson said. "That seemed to be a factor in his race. The pace was slow in his, and he just had no finishing juice. But, it is only January, he will be there in May and June!"
Gonzaga is at the Idaho Duals Friday, before returning to the Dempsey Center for the Husky Classic Feb. 10-11.
"I really was proud of the effort of all the men and women who competed at UW Invitational," Tyson said. "We battled and learned a lot! Not bad for the athletes who have been training in adverse conditions!"
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