Fraley Wins 5,000-meter Title at Portland Twilight

May 13, 2017

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Gonzaga women's and men's track teams closed their regular season schedules at the Portland Twilight Saturday. It was the final opportunity for the Zags to run for qualifying times for the postseason.

Troy Fraley, who holds the fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time in the NCAA this season, placed first in the 5,000 meters at 13:57.58. That time not only ranks second in program history, but is currently 40th in the West Region. The top-48 times in the region qualify for the NCAA West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas, on May 25-27. Fraley and Willie Milam (13:53.74) are the only Bulldogs to run 5,000 meters under 14 minutes.

Max Kaderabek's 29:57.53 10,000-meter finish ranks fourth on the GU all-time list. He finished his GU career with a seventh-place finish in the event.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Sammy Truax came in fifth with a time of 9:05.13. His 14-second personal record moved him from eighth to seventh in program history. Henry Morris ran the eighth-fastest time on the GU all-time list at 9:14.75. His ninth-place finish was just ahead of Alex Heffelfinger's 10th-place finish at 9:18.95, the ninth-best time in Gonzaga history.

"We fought hard tonight," Director of GU Track Pat Tyson said. "Troy (Fraley) had a big win! Max (Kaderabek) had a big time performance! Sammy (Truax) nearly qualified with his big PR. Alex (Heffelfinger) also had a huge personal record, along with Henry Morris' PR finish, they all competed! I'm proud of these three young men. Our 800 meter guys were a bit rusty due to nagging injuries, but they came to compete and put themselves in a position to win their heats. Tough one for Zac (Garrard). He battled an Achilles issue in his last race in a Zag jersey, but he had no regrets. The third heat of the 1500 was a slow, tactical race and our guys didn't respond to a gradual killer last 300 meters."

Brianna Vasquez won her heat of the women's 400 meters with a time of 1:00.42. She placed sixth in the event and improved her No. 3 mark in program history.

"Well the crazy weather continued," Gonzaga women's head coach Patty Ley said. "An hour and a half delay played havoc with preparation and racing. We lost Molly Stroosma, Emily (Anderson) and Corrine (Murray) to timing. They had planned on running their races then flying back to Spokane tonight, but the delay cost them the chance to race.

"Molly Foster started the night with a season's best in the 400 hurdles, then Bri (Vasquez) had to wait out three delays as lightning rolled through the area. She easily took her heat despite the delays. Olivia (Evans) took out the pace in her heat of the 1500 and paid the price a bit, but pulled Lauren (Bourgeois), Claire (Manley) and Kelly (Gilbert) to PRs. Then Bri finished her night with another strong 200, but the temperature had begun to drop and times began to show that. Jess (Mildes) was aggressive in the 5k, but has been training hard lately and slid back into the pack. Jordan (Thurston) looked really good and dropped under 17 minutes. Just a case of wishing we had another couple of weeks with her. Unfortunately, Katy (Culver) struggled in this last race as a Zag, but so very grateful for all she has done for our program. Her leadership and influence cannot be measured just in marks but in all her teammates have achieved."

Mildes is currently 23rd in the West Region in the 10,000 meters. Her season-best time of 34:13.96 would have easily qualified for regionals last season, as the 32nd best time in the region. The 48th-fastest time in the region last year was 34:50.62.

Mildes is on the bubble for qualifying in the 5,000 meters, along with Jake Perrin in the men's 5,000 meters and Sumner Goodwin in the men's 10,000 meters. The complete field of participants for the NCAA West Preliminaries will be released Thursday.


 

 

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