Track Wraps up Bryan Clay and Mt. SAC
April 14, 2017
Bryan Clay Results | Mt. SAC Results
LOS ANGELES -- Gonzaga's track team wrapped up action at the Bryan Clay Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays on Friday night in Southern California.
On the men's side, two turned in performances that rank in the top 10 all-time at Gonzaga in their respective events. Junior Zac Garrard was impressive in the 1,500 meters with his time of 3:50.12, which was the seventh-best ever for a Zag.
"With two laps to go in the race Garrard went to the front of the race, and as he made his move, the back of his shoe was stepped on and he was forced to abandon it," GU Director of Track Pat Tyson said. "Despite running the second half of the race with one shoe, Garrard would hold strong and run Gonzaga's fastest time on the day."
Conor McCandless was the lone competitor for GU at Mt. SAC on Friday, turning in a time of 14:26.07 to place 38th overall in the 5,000 meters.
"Conor McCandless ran minutes before midnight and took 4th place in the final 5,000-meter heat in a seasonal best 14:26.07," Tyson said. "McCandless ran a nice, smart, progressive-paced race!"
In the men's steeplechase, Henry Morris placed 20th in his section and recorded a time that ranked just behind his own seventh-best program time of 9:17.32 on the day. His personal best is 9:16.89 from just two weeks ago. Alex Heffelfinger was 28th in the same race with a time of 9:27.24.
On the women's side, the Zags turned in solid performances that nearly cracked the program's all-time top 10 lists. Junior Claren Fraher turned in a time of 4:44.21 in the women's 1,500 meters, just two seconds off the all-time GU lists. In the 5,000 meters Jordan Thurston and Katy Culver kept up with a strong field. Thurston turned in a time of 17:22.04 and Culver 17:26.88, both coming within 10 seconds of the GU top 10.
Also for the women, Emily Anderson turned in an 800-meter time of 2:22.9 and Kate Wagner and Molly Stroosma were within .05 of each other in the 1,500 meters at 4:53.39 and 4:53.44, respectively. Junior Olivia Evans competed in the 5,000 meters and recorded a time of 18:35.91.
"Emily Anderson led off Friday at Bryan Clay with a strong performance in the 800m under an uncomfortably warm sky. Congestion made it tough for Emily to move through the pack, but held her ground well," head women's coach Patty Ley said. "The day finished off with Claren Fraher notching a strong season's best at 4:44.21 and she continues her progression. She was followed by Molly Stroosma who looked much stronger in a season's best 4:53.44 in a very physical heat. Kate Wagner rounded out the 1500 women by really fighting for the win and only succumbing in the last 200. Overall a very nice day!"
For the men, a group of five more Zags behind Garrard competed in the 1,500 meters: Kyle Thompson (3:54.02), Ian Goldizen (3:54.91), Jerry Sicalo (3:56.97), Mitchell Beard (3:58.40) and Brandon Pollard (3:59.56). Junior Kinsly Smith turned in an 800-meter time of 1:56.87, while Stefan Bradley finished 5,000 meters in 15:48.46.
Gonzaga's track team will be back in action on April 21-22 at the Spokane Memorial Open at Spokane Falls Community College.
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