New Top-10 Marks Hit at Spokane Memorial
April 23, 2016
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Corrine Murray, Matthew Crichlow, and Zac Garrard all ran new program top-10 times in their respective events at the Spokane Memorial Open at Spokane Falls Community College Saturday.
Corrine Murray moved from sixth to fourth in program history on the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase all-time list. Her time of 11:41.21 placed first.
Zac Garrard ran the seventh-fastest 800-meter time in program history. He got edged out at the line with a time of 1:52.64. Frankie Hoerner of Spokane Falls Community College used a big kick down the final 150 meters for the win at 1:51.99. Mason Villarma came in third place at 1:53.26. Matthew Crichlow was sixth place with a time of 1:57.10.
"A big PR from Zac today," Director of GU Track Pat Tyson said. "He ran a very good race, while Mason was a bit tired but still competed respectably!"
The Zags dominated the men's 1,500 meters, placing seven runners in the top-10. Troy Fraley, running unattached, broke the stadium record with a time of 3:47.18. Crichlow crossed the line in at second at 3:51.22. His time ranks seventh on the GU all-time list. Sumner Goodwin (3:53.94) and Conor McCandless (3:55.54) came in third and fourth. Kyle Branch's time of 4:01.42 was sixth place.
The Gonzaga women swept the top four spots of the 1,500 meters led by Maggie Jones. The senior coasted to the win with a time of 4:38.32. Jordan Thurston was in second at 4:51.38. Zoe Urcadez (4:55.18) and Olivia Evans (4:57.18) placed third and fourth. Jenny Albrecht was sixth with a time of 5:01.90.
The GU women then took the top six spots of the 800 meters. Claren Fraher rallied for the win at 2:20.99. Molly Stroosma (2:24.43), Emily Anderson (2:25.39), Lauren Saunders (2:26.26) and Kate Wagner (2:30.05) all followed in the top-five. Albrecht came in sixth at 2:32.67.
Megan Dillon ran the ninth-fastest women's 200-meter time at 28.99.
"We were lucky today and the rain stayed away and only had to deal with a light breeze," Gonzaga women's Head Coach Patty Ley said. "Our performances were solid as we head into the academic push of the next couple of weeks. Certainly having the next weekend off from competition will be a welcome break for all. Highlights for today were wins by Maggie, Claren and Corrine in their respective races, with Corrine's time a new personal record and breakthrough for her. It was also good to see Addi Johnson run well after a long battle with injury to finish up with a good day."
"Great racing by the redshirt freshman Sammy Truax," Tyson said. "All of our runners ran bold and it will pay off down in Salem in just over two weeks! So, the meet was just what we needed as we roll into dead week and finals. Our student-athletes are a bit stressed this time of year because so much going on with academics!"
The Bulldogs have a break until the Oregon Twilight on May 6. It's the second race of the season at historic Hayward Field for Gonzaga after competing in the Oregon Relays on April 15.
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