Gonzaga Track Picks Up Wins in Moscow
Feb. 2, 2018
McEachern (8:44.16) and Dominic Arce (8:50.33) took over the lead for most of the second half of the race, before McEachern pulled away with a big win. Will Thompson (8:50.41) closed hard for fourth, as Arce held on for third in a near photo finish.
The first heat of the men's 3,000 meters featured three GU freshmen. Alex Walde finished second at 8:53.34, while Bradley Rzewnicki (8:55.12) and and Sammy McCloughan (8:56.5) were fourth and fifth. All three crossed the line with personal records.
In the first heat of the men's mile, Alex Heffelfinger led most of the race before crossing the line at 4:19.60 for the win. Nathan Vanos (4:23.02) and Phillip Fishburn (4:23.80) placed third and fourth in the 13-runner field.
The Zags placed four runners in the top seven of the second heat of the mile. Jonah Sandoval (4:19.3), Ben Hogan (4:20.03), Luke Mason (4:20.29) and Yacine Guermali (4:20.71) were fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. Idaho's Austin Fred won the event with a time of 4:17.43.
"To put this all in perspective, the top seven finished within three seconds of each other," Director of GU Track and Field Pat Tyson said. "All Gonzaga milers are freshmen and sophomores that are learning how to race in a big busy field of competitors. Although everyone got an indoor personal best, they all left wanting more!"
"On the line we should have said, `no one is better than us'," Mason said. "With that mentality we will learn and race with more confidence! It was a great learning moment."
"It's a step in the right direction for us and its only February," Guermali added. "We learned a lot today about racing strategy and will take that mentality with us in our competitions ahead."
Javier Munoz-Maines ran an indoor personal record in the 800 meters at 1:59.57.
"Great test efforts down here in Moscow and now we're ready to close the indoor season off next weekend at the Husky Classic," Tyson said.
Claire Gillett ran a personal record to place first in her heat of the women's 800 meters with a time of 2:22.97. Sarah Hawley (2:27.52) and Rachel Hansen (2:29.50) also ran PR's in the event.
"We opened the day with the mile where in the second heat Aimee Piercy went out with the leaders, but she has been just a touch under the weather this week and the fatigue set in," Gonzaga women's Head Coach Patty Ley said. "I know there is a great race in her soon! Brianna Vasquez has been working on her start, but stumbled a bit early and had to readjust to get back rolling, but did run well the rest of the way. She came back 20 minutes later with a season's best in the 400.
"The 3000 was a big field and worked well for us, as we saw significant personal records from Caroline McCarthy (10:36.29), Katherine Gustafson (10:46.35) and Monica Ripple (10:48.69). Many of our young women will head back down to Pullman tomorrow for another effort. They have been great and excited to see what they do again tomorrow!"
On Saturday, 20 Gonzaga women travel to the Cougar Indoor to compete in five events. Gianna Bacher, Vasquez and Sammy Vowles open the meet for the Zags in the 60 meters at 10:35 a.m. Eleven GU women are entered in the mile at 11:35 a.m. The Bulldogs are also in the 600 and 800-meter races at 2:10 and 2:30, before closing the day in the 4x400-meter relay at 3:55 p.m.
Results from the Cougar Indoor will be available on GoZags.com, following the completion of each meet.
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