Track Dominates Distance at Spokane Falls

April 22, 2017


SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga women's and men's track programs ran in Spokane for the final time this season at the Spokane Memorial Open Friday and Saturday.

Brianna Vasquez improved her third-best time in program history in the women's 200 meters at 26.86.

"We had another great day weather wise and just a nice compact meet with good solid races," GU women's head coach Patty Ley said. "It was very nice for a meet following a big travel trip last weekend. A lot of those who traveled last week were feeling the fatigue of the trip and were a touch disappointed with times, but still competed very well."

The Zag women swept the top six spots of the 1,500 meters led by Jenny Albrecht's first place finish. Kelly Gilbert was second place.

"Great last couple of days from Jenny, who ran her first track 5k last night and came back today for a win in the 1500," Ley said. "She was followed to the line by Kelly who finished impressively. Kate Wagner took it out well, but a cramp jammed her stride and she struggled a bit to the finish. Could be a great race for her next weekend if we can get past that."

In the men's 1,500 meters, Scott Kopczynski crossed the line at 3:51.53, the ninth-fastest time on the GU all-time list. Conor McCandless came in second with a time of 3:52.45, while Stefan Bradley (4:00.79) and Max Kaderabek (4:04.95) were third and fourth.

"We had a nice 1-2-3 finish in Heat 1 of the 1500," Director of GU Track Pat Tyson said. Scott's time was a personal best by nearly three seconds, and the third-best ever by a freshman."

Troy Fraley ran the 10th-fastest 5,000-meter time in program history Friday night. He cruised to the event win with a time of 14:23.12. Dillon Quintana (14:47.59), Kyle Thompson (14:49.53) and Phillip Fishburn (14:52.49) placed third, fourth and fifth.

"Rarely do you see 10 guys break 15 minutes for 5,000 meters at the Spokane Falls Oval," Tyson said. "With Troy leading a controlled first 3,000 meters, the Kalispell, Mont. native would lead five Bulldogs and unattached redshirt Zag Kellen Manley to such a feat. Troy's time is one of the fastest times in recent memory at this meet. Several Zags would get personal bests! It was a great atmosphere on a beautiful spring twilight evening!"

In the women's 5,000 meters Friday night, Jordan Thurston coasted to a 25-second victory with a time of 17:24.75. Katy Culver was second at 17:49.64. Amelia Evans and Julie Henling were third and fourth with times of 17:56.60 and 18:09.38.

Henry Morris won the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 9:24.56 was not far off his personal record of 9:16.89, run last month at the UCLA Distance Carnival.

"Molly Stroosma recorded a strong second place finish in the 800 and was very controlled doing so," Ley said. "With the 1-2-3-4 finish last night of Jordan, Katy, Amelia and Julie -- all in all the ladies had a nice weekend in Spokane."

Sumner Goodwin placed third in the men's 800 meters with a time of 1:56.91.

"Sumner easily won his heat of the 800," Tyson said. "He was coming off a 29:54.06 showing at Mount SAC last week, and was working on a race featuring speed work."

Next Saturday, the Zags make the short trek to Pullman, Wash., for the Cougar Invitational.



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