Gonzaga Gains Confidence in Idaho
Corrine Murray (photo: Spencer Farrin)

March 26, 2016

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MOSCOW, Idaho -- The Gonzaga track teams won races and set new personal records during the University of Idaho Invitational Saturday.

The Zags swept the women's and men's 3,000-meter races to start the day. Maggie Jones edged out teammate Jordan Thurston on the women's side. Jones crossed the line at 9:58.02, while Thurston's time was 10:03.38. Megan Chucka was third with a personal record time of 10:42.55.

On the men's side, Vince Hamilton's winning time of 8:36.97 was just ahead of Dillon Quintana's 8:39.98.

"We had a great 3,000 rhythm by a pack of Zags led by Vince," Director of GU Track Pat Tyson said. "It was a great way to open the meet."

The Bulldogs also swept the 2,000-meter races. Corrine Murray (7:40.91) and Graham Wendle (6:09.58) took first place in the women's and men's races.

"Not quite so windy today and so yielded pretty good early times," Gonzaga women's head coach Patty Ley said. "Still, it was cold and windy so not great conditions. But, have to feel pretty good about the day overall. We will work to get fresh next week anticipating bigger meets next weekend."

Emily Anderson placed first in the women's 400 meters with the ninth-fastest time in program history at 1:02.14. Lauren Saunders (64.35) and Megan Dillon (65.68) followed closely behind in second and third. Claren Fraher and Molly Stroosma came in second and third in the 800 meters at 2:19.73 and 2:23.23. Fraher's time was a personal record and Olivia Evans had a personal best, 4:53.31, in the 1,500 meters.

Zac Garrard led a top-three sweep for GU in the men's 800 meters. His time of 1:55.01 was ahead of Ian Goldizen's 1:59.09 and Sumner Goodwin's 2:02.30.

Goodwin took the 1,500-meter title at 3:55.59. Kyle Branch (3:58.10), Mason Villarma (3:59.32) and Kellen Manley (3:59.41) were third, fourth, and fifth.

"Great competitiveness in the 1,500," Tyson said. "I saw great expressions in the faces of our 1500 runners! Despite the wind and chilly conditions, Sumner won in a tough homestretch head wind with a respectable time. Four Zags would break four minutes in the race."

"Most of our young men ran with purpose today," Tyson said. "They ran with certain paces based on their fitness. For example, we had Casey Adams, Conor McCandless, and Matthew Crichlow ran 4:50-5:00 pace in the 3,000 to make sure they are 100 percent healthy or close to 100 percent as they work their way back into top end fitness.

"It was a very productive day in Moscow! We will now send two women to Stanford along with 14 men and six other women's runners to UCLA Friday. We'll chase NCAA qualifying marks at the California venues!"

Several other Bulldogs will race at the Sam Adams Classic at Whitworth University next Saturday. The Stanford Invitational and the Bruin Legends of Track and Field Invitational begin at noon Friday.



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