Goodwin Runs Third-Fastest 10K in Program History

April 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES – The Gonzaga women’s and men’s track programs split squads at the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Mt. SAC Relays in southern California Thursday.

At the Mt. SAC Relays, Sumner Goodwin, Troy Fraley and Jake Perrin all ran new top-10 program marks in the 10,000 meters. In the second section of the elite fields in the event, Goodwin ran a 29:54.06. His time moved him from fourth to third in program history. Scott Kopczynski’s 30:27.62 finish ranks just outside the top-10 on GU’s all-time list.

In the first section of the elite field, Fraley crossed the line at 30:04.06, while Perrin’s time was 30:14.81. Fraley’s time ranks fourth in program history, besting his former personal record of 30:07.13, which was the previous No. 3 mark on the all-time list. Perrin’s time is seventh in program history.

“Troy and Jake went out extremely fast,” Director of GU Track Pat Tyson said. “Fraley was at 14:38 and Perrin was at 14:44 at the 5K mark. The pace was intense! The 25-lap race takes courage and experience. The boys did not lack for courage! Both are disappointed as they wanted sub-29:40 to qualify for Austin. The last heat of the night saw Sumner become the third-ever sub-30-minute runner behind Matt Crichlow and Willie Milam. Scott’s first attempt at the event brought home the No. 11 all-time mark.”

In the men’s 10,000 meters at the Bryan Clay Invitational, Max Kaderabek ran the sixth-fastest time program history. He moved from eighth to the sixth on the GU all-time list with a time of 30:10.68, besting his previous personal record of 30:26.42.

Jessica Mildes placed 12th in the elite section of the women’s 10,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 34:13.96. Her time would rank 14th in the West Region entering the day. She owns the program’s 10k record at 33:40.82, set two years ago at the Stanford Invitational.

“At the Mt. SAC meet at El Camino College the brisk winds definitely played a role in the pacing of the races,” Gonzaga women’s Head Coach Patty Ley said. “Jess running in the Elite heat of the 10k dealt with the consequences. The pack of 30 remained just that for the first 5k, which passed in a time that would just slip under potential regional qualifying. It remained erratic through 6k when the first major move happened with the pace dropping from 82 to 76 in two laps. Jess covered the initial move, but lost a bit of ground, so she had to grind out the rest of the race. Her 34:13.96 is her second best and will move her on to regionals in Austin at the end of May.

“Overall, would have hoped for a bit better times, but pleased with the effort of each of the ladies to fight for spots. Good things will keep happening for them!”

Alex Heffelfinger’s 9:27.24 finish in the men’s steeplechase at the Bryan Clay Invitational ranks just outside of the program’s all-time top-10. His new personal record placed sixth in his heat.

The Zags return to the Bryan Clay Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays Friday. Kinsly Smith starts the day for the GU men in the 800 meters at the Bryan Clay Invitational at 1:35 p.m. Emily Anderson follows for the Bulldogs in the women’s 800 meters at 2:15 p.m. Live video and results will be available on GoZags.com.


 

 

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