Track Claims First Place Finishes Friday
March 24, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga women's and men's track teams returned to the Pine Bowl at Whitworth University for the 12th annual Sam Adams Classic Friday.
“The weather was definitely early spring conditions,” Director of Gonzaga track Pat Tyson said. “It was blustery, rainy and cold! Zags took the matter task on hand and dominated all distance running.”
Six of the top seven finishers in the men’s 1,500 meters were Bulldogs. Troy Fraley led a top four sweep of GU runners with a time of 3:52.99. Jake Perrin was second at 3:53.31, while Sumner Goodwin (3:55.93) and Kyle Thompson (3:57.40) were third and fourth.
“The starting gun would go off three different times for the runners as the electric timing system failed,” Tyson said. “The athletes were delayed at least 15 minutes as a driving rain poured on their bodies! It was crazy stuff, but our guys handled the situation like champions.”
The Zag men placed five finishers in the top-10 of the 800 meters, led by Kinsly Smith’s first place finish. The junior crossed the line at 1:55.29, just ahead of Fraley’s time of 1:55.76. Scott Kopczynski was in fourth at 1:56.62.
In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Henry Morris beat out teammate Alex Heffelfinger for the title. Morris finished at 9:39.25, while Heffelfinger’s time was 9:44.61. Morris improved his 10th-best time in program history.
“Great racing by the Zag runners as Kinsly Smith cruised down the home stretch with a big win,” Tyson said. “Henry Morris and Alex Heffelfinger fed off each other and dominated. Such great competitive confident racing by these two young men.”
Brianna Vasquez ran the third-fastest 200-meter time in women’s program history at 27.17. She later placed third in the 400 meters with a time of 1:01.37, which ranks eighth in program history. Emily Anderson was close behind in fourth at 1:02.23.
“Well, we didn't get quite so lucky with the weather today,” GU women’s head coach Patty Ley said. “Athletes were tough and ran pretty well given the conditions. Katy Culver led the team in the 1500. She started conservatively, but finished well. Amelia Evans had a solid outdoor opener, and a nice improvement for Kate Wagner as she regains form. Bri Vasquez continues to run well in the sprints with improved marks for the year in both the 400 and 200. Molly Stroosma, Claren Fraher, and Sarah Hawley are showing that they are rounding into form as well and should see big drops in the next few weeks.
“Excited for UCLA next week and looking forward to a good week of work for all. The next couple of meets will be fun!”
Gonzaga returns to the track at the Legends Distance Carnival hosted by UCLA next Friday.
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