Perrin Breaks Freshman Record at Husky Classic
Feb. 11, 2017

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SEATTLE -- The Gonzaga men's track team wrapped up their indoor regular season schedule at the Husky Classic inside the Dempsey Center Saturday.

Jake Perrin finished with the fastest 3,000-meter time by a freshman in program history. He crossed the line at 8:09.02, which also ranks third all-time in GU history. Perrin placed sixth in his heat.

"It was a fun heat to watch," Director of GU Track Pat Tyson said. "Jake ran tough up front and came through the first mile in 4:20."

Troy Fraley bounced up from a fall to finish at 8:10.10 in his heat.

"Troy lined up with a top-end NCAA Elite field in the final section of the men's 3,000," Tyson said. "He fought hard too! He came through the mile at a brisk, but controlled 4:14 first mile. At 2,000 meters Troy got tripped up causing a fall which impacted his position and rhythm. But, as he always does, he did his best to stay composed and engage. He still has a chance to make the national championships' top-16 list."

"This just fuels me to work even harder and dig deeper in chasing my dreams of being an All-American," Fraley said. "I really want to run fast this upcoming outdoor season."

Scott Kopczynski crossed the line at 8:18.52 in the fifth heat. Kellen Manley finished with a personal record of 8:21.59, which is 11th in program history. Conor McCandless was close behind in the third heat at 8:22.13.

In the first heat, Dillon Quintana placed second with a personal record of 8:23.47. Forest Tarbath also had a personal record of 8:30.21 in fifth place. Max Kaderabek had the biggest personal record of the day at 8:31.32, besting his previous PR by 11 seconds. Phillip Fishburn's time of 8:35.25 was also a personal record. Daniel Thompson almost broke his personal record at 8:42.63. Kyle Thompson ran an 8:44.06 in the second heat.

In the mile, Zac Garrard's 4:10.81 was a narrow PR.

"I am really proud of these guys," Tyson said. "The ten-hour bus trip, the adjusting to different races, the adapting to slower paced workouts because of the tough winter weather conditions. I like where we are! When the weather changes and we can get back to doing intervals and quality tempos we will run fast! The first outdoor competition is five weeks from today. Great things will come this spring! I really like this team!"

The outdoor season begins with the Buc Scoring Invite at Whitworth University in Spokane on March 18.

 

 

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