Several New Program Top-10 Times Run in Seattle
Feb. 10, 2018
Phillip Fishburn opened the meet for the Zags in the men's 5,000 meters Friday night. He ran the ninth-fastest time in program history and crossed the line at 14:40.55. Fishburn's nine-second personal record placed fifth in his heat.
In the men's mile, Andrew Clusserath's 4:11.54 finish ranks 10th in program history. He placed second in the first heat. Scott Kopczynski and Mason Villarma positioned themselves near the front of the pack in the fourth section, before finishing in eighth and 10th. Kopczynski's time was 4:09.16, while Villarma was at 4:10.74.
"Not the best day for the mile crew, but the potential for greatness is there," Clusserath said. "Time to get the lunch pails filled and get back to work."
Stefan Bradley won his heat of the men's 800 meters. His time of 1:57.05 is No. 8 on the GU all-time list. Teammate Kinsly Smith was moved to the fast fifth heat, which was tightly contested going into the bell lap. Smith slid up from eighth to fifth in the heat and crossed the line at 1:55.64.
"I went for the win," Bradley said. "That was my goal! The race just felt very smooth for me."
Jake Perrin finished with the fifth-fastest 3,000-meter time in program history. He ran in the first of two invitational sections and finished at 8:11.99, which was just off of his personal record of 8:09.02 set on the same track last season.
"Jake's race was literally a bloodbath," Director of GU Track and Field Pat Tyson said. "Nineteen runners squeezed together for nine laps plus 233 meters. Jake fought in the war zone of tripping, pushing, passing wide, trying to stay engaged in discomfort. Still, he fought hard and the spread from 1-16 was a mere 10 seconds! Another way to say it, he got an experience you can't buy! It was great simulations that will pay off in racing down the road."
Claire Manley ran a personal record of 10:06.64 in the women's 3,000 meters. Her finish ranks ninth in program history. She placed fifth in the first of six heats.
"It was a very good race for Claire early this morning," GU women's Head Coach Patty Ley said. "She is growing as a racer. She was more aggressive in positioning herself in the first half of the race, we still need to work on being able to cone when the pace drops, but that will come. All in all a good way to end the indoor season."
In the men's 3,000 meters, Peter Hogan ran a 13-second PR at 8:21.19. Ben Hogan followed with an eight-second personal record of 8:25.04. Bennett Gagnon ran an 8:26.57, while Yacine Guermali crossed the line at 8:32.19 (four second PR), and Luke Mason had a time of 8:33.19.
"The 3,000 meters showed great team depth with several personal bests," Tyson said. "Pretty good showings by these young runners considering the business of these 18-20 runner races on a 307-meter oval.
"Now we get ready for outdoor competition in less than five weeks! This team is excited and pumped for what is ahead!"
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