Mildes Ends Stellar Career at Preliminaries
May 25, 2017
Mildes jumped out early, staying right with the leader after the first few laps, and leading the 48-runner field after the first mile. She ran the first four laps at 5:34.86. The pace picked up around the 10th lap and Mildes began to lose the frontrunners. She was 20th at the midway point.
New Mexico’s Alice Wright placed first with a time of 34:06.78. Charlotte Taylor of San Francisco entered with the top-seed time of 32:11.80. She placed fourth at 34:16.97. The top 12 finishers advanced to the national championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 8.
“Jess struggled a bit in the second half of the race, but she kept fighting,” GU women’s head coach Patty Ley said. “I’m very proud and grateful for all she has brought to the program.”
Mildes finished an incredible career at Gonzaga in her second appearance at the NCAA West Preliminaries. She entered this year's West Prelims with the 30th-fastest time in the region at 34:13.96. She ran that qualifying time at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 13. Her time was seeded 27th in the 48-runner field.
In the 2015 regionals, Mildes got tripped up early in the 10,000-meter race and placed 39th at 36:54.57. She owns the program 10,000-meter record, 33:40.82, from the 2015 Stanford Invitational. The Chattaroy, Wash. native, also holds the GU 5,000-meter record, 16:16.88, ran at the 2015 Oregon Relays. She is third on the program’s indoor 5,000-meter list (17:00.66) and sixth on the 3,000-meter list (9:55.46).
In cross country, Mildes is second on the program’s all-time list over a 6,000-meter course at 20:25.3 and third over a 5,000-meter course at 16:57. She helped guide the Zags to their first-ever national championship berth in 2015, after an All-Conference finish at the West Coast Conference Championships. She was selected All-Region, placing 21st at the NCAA West Regionals.
Mildes has excelled in the classroom. She was tabbed Academic All-American Third Team last year, and has been named Academic All-Conference twice. She boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA. She graduated with a major in accounting, and is working on her Master of Taxation.
The Zags’ Troy Fraley runs in the 3,000-meter steeplechase quarterfinals Friday. He enters the race with the fastest time in the NCAA this season at 8:39.30. The top three finishers from each of the three heats, along with the next three fastest times, advance to the national semifinals in Eugene. Friday’s first heat is scheduled for 7 p.m., and Fraley is in the third heat. Live video and results will be available on GoZags.com.
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