Zags Return to Dempsey Center for UW Invite
Jan. 25, 2018

SEATTLE -- The Gonzaga women's and men's track and field teams return to the prestigious UW Invitational inside the Dempsey Center Friday and Saturday.

The UW Invitational will once again assemble excellent fields of collegiate talent plus many of the nation's elite professionals, with several U.S. Olympians scheduled to compete this weekend. Stanford, California, Portland, Montana, Boise State, Washington State, Washington, Idaho, Utah State, Arizona, Seattle, Weber State, Bradley, Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Arkansas, Oregon State and Gonzaga are just some of the schools that will be present.

"The UW Invite continues to be very, very difficult to get athletes into, as more and more teams understand the value of competing in the fast Dempsey indoor oval," Director of GU Track and Field Pat Tyson said. "The Zags will bring in 15 of our best athletes. This is going to be a very exciting weekend for Gonzaga Track and Field! There should be a buzz by the Gonzaga runners in Montlake."

Brandon Pollard currently boasts the second-fastest 800-meter time in the west region at 1:52.35. He will be running in the third heat of the mile along with teammate, Scott Kopczynski. Mason Villarma, Jake Perrin and Andrew Clusserath will also be in the event for the Bulldogs. The men's mile starts at 12:05 p.m. Saturday.

Kinsly Smith runs in one of the faster heats of the 800 meters at 2 p.m. Saturday. He will be hoping to lower his indoor personal best of 1:54.



Luke Mason opens the meet for the Zags in the first section of the men's 3,000 meters at 4:15 p.m. Friday. Bennett Gagnon may run in the second section of the 3,000 meters, but could opt for an elite heat of the 5,000 meters instead. Peter Hogan, Phillip Fishburn and Stefan Bradley are entered in the second section of the 5,000 meters.

Gagnon has the fourth-best time in the region in the 3,000 meters at 8:18.52, while Perrin is eighth in the region with a time of 8:24.49. Both times were ran at the UW Indoor Preview.

Claire Manley will run in the second heat of the women's 3,000 meters Saturday at 2:15 p.m. She ran a 10:09.31 two weeks ago in the Dempsey Center at the UW Indoor Preview. Yacine Guermali, Ben Hogan and Kyle Thompson will all be in the second heat of the men's 3,000 meters Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Friday's schedule consists of the first multi-event competitions of the season over the first several hours. At 4 p.m. the running events begin and will feature heat one of the 3,000-meters, all 200-meter and 5,000-meter heats, and the first distance medley relays of the season. Field events Friday will include the first flights of the pole vault and the women's weight throw.

Saturday gets going at 9 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles qualifying and action will run all day until approximately 6 p.m. The sprint finals should begin at 12:30 p.m., while the top two heats for each running event of 400-meters or longer will start at 3:15 p.m. with the top heats of the miles.

Live video will be available via FloTrack and live results will be available on

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