Track Heads to Pullman for WSU Indoor Open
Jan. 19, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga women’s and men’s track programs return to the WSU Indoor Open in Pullman Saturday.

The 16th annual event begins with a few field events Friday and runs through Saturday afternoon. All running events will start inside the WSU Indoor Practice Facility at 10 a.m. Saturday. Teams from Idaho, Eastern Washington, Whitworth, Spokane CC, Central Washington, Lewis-Clark State, Puget Sound, Linfield, will join Gonzaga and the host Cougars at this meet. GU will send 23 women’s student-athletes, while the Bulldog men have 17 entries.

Gianna Bacher, Samantha Vowles and Brianna Vasquez open the meet for the Zags in the women’s 60-meter dash at 11:05 a.m. Alex Heffelfinger, Cullen McEachern, Javier Munoz-Maines, Nathan Vanos and Alex Walde follow in the third section of the men’s mile, which begins at 11:25 a.m. Heffelfinger and McEachern enter the event as the top seeds. Last season, Sammy Truax had the fastest time in the 58-runner field at 4:24.54.

A trio of Zags will run the mile on the women’s side. Katy Culver paced four Bulldogs in the top-10 at last year’s WSU Indoor Open in fourth at 5:21.34.



Following Claren Fraher’s and Vasquez’s women’s 300-meter race, Mason Villarma will be the top seed in the men’s 800-meter field. Teammate Brandon Pollard is coming off of a heat win in the season-opening UW Indoor Preview last weekend. Jonah Sandoval, Andrew Clusserath and Stefan Bradley round out five Zags that will run in a stacked third section of the event.

“This will be an opportunity to run in 70 degrees in the WSU Bubble in mid-January, which is just perfect for these guys,” Director of Gonzaga Track and Field Pat Tyson said. “It should rewrite the top 10 list as each of our guys will be feeding off of each other and some other good runners from Canada, Lewis-Clark State, Eastern Washington, and Idaho in the mix.”

Vasquez completes a busy day with the 200-meter dash at 3:55 p.m. Bacher and Vowles are also entered in the event.

Seven GU men are entered in the 15-lap, 3,000-meter race. All seven are in the second of two sections of the event. The Zags have 11 women’s runners entered in the 3,000 meters at 5 p.m. Last year at the meet, Heffelfinger placed fourth in the men’s 3,000 meters at 8:59.68. Daniel Thompson was second with a time of 8:55.57.

The quartet of Aimee Piercy, Ally Legard, Claire Gillett and Rachel Hansen round out the day for the Bulldogs in the women’s 4x400-meter relay at 5:45 p.m.

No live video or results will be available. Results will be posted on following the meet.

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