Track Wraps Up Indoor Slate This Weekend
Feb. 10, 2016
GONZAGA BULLDOGS AT HUSKY CLASSIC
MEET 6 | FEB 12-13 | SEATTLE | DEMPSEY CENTER
FIRST GU RACES: Women- 5:25 p.m. (5000m); Men- 7:05 p.m. (5000m)
LIVE VIDEO: GoZags.com (via FloTrack)
LIVE RESULTS: GoZags.com
LAST TIME AT MEET: 2015: Maggie Jones and Colin O’Neil broke the Gonzaga women’s and men’s track 5,000-meter indoor records.
ABOUT THE MEET:
- The Husky Classic is one of the most highly competitive and heavily attended competitions of the entire collegiate indoor season.
- Twelve Zags travel to the University of Washington and the Dempsey Indoor for the prestigious two-day meet.
- Last year’s meet included seven of the top-10 men’s teams in the USTFCCCA national rankings, as will six of the top-10 women’s squads.
- Time is of the essence for athletes looking to earn qualifying marks for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which take the top-16 marks in every event.
- Viewed as one of the very best meets for distance running, the Husky Classic once again has attracted a large number of the nation’s best from all around the country, with schools as far-reaching as Arkansas, Georgia, Georgetown, Penn State, and Tennessee sending contingents of primarily distance runners.
LAST WEEK’S GONZAGA FINISHES:
- Cougar Indoor (Pullman / Indoor Practice Facility)
Women’s 200m: Brianna Vasquez (27.50, 10th); Megan Dillon (29.33, 26th)
Women’s 400m: Brianna Vasquez (1:03.01, 8th)
Women’s 600m: Molly Foster (1:47.60, 5th)
Women’s 800m: Claren Fraher (2:18.48, 4th); Emily Anderson (2:24.06, 11th); Jenny Albrecht (2:29.24, 13th)
Women’s Mile: Katy Culver (5:11.08, 5th); Megan Chucka (5:26.13, 11th); Amanda Keifer (5:33.94, 15th); Elena Slavoski (5:37.57, 18th); Molly Stroosma (5:52.88, 20th)
Women’s 3000m: Monica Ripple (11:40.09, 9th)
Women’s 4x400m Relay: Foster/Fraher/Anderson/Vasquez (4:17.96, 7th); Saunders/Culver/Dillon/Wagner (4:36.80, 10th)
Men’s Mile: Ben Stout (4:31.51, 15th); Ciaran O’Leary (4:42.13, 24th); Henry Morris (4:45.58, 25th)
Men’s 3000m: William Thompson (8:52.66, 2nd); Andy Thomas (9:05.31, 7th); Coby Eastwood (9:19.20, 12th); Sammy Truax (9:20.25, 13th)
ZAGS WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
Time Event Participants
5:25 p.m. Women’s 5000m Maggie Jones, Shelby Mills, Jordan Thurston
7:05 p.m. Men’s 5000m Dillon Quintana, Vince Hamilton, Forest Tarbath, Matthew Crichlow
1:20 p.m. Men’s 3000m Sumner Goodwin, Scott Kopczynski
2:30 p.m. Men’s Mile Mason Villarma, Brandon Pollard
5:05 p.m. Men’s 3000m Troy Fraley
WHERE WE RANK NATIONALLY:
- Nationally, Troy Fraley ran the 10th-fastest 3,000-meter men’s time (7:59.00) so far this season, while Scott Kopczynski is 72nd at 8:11.80.
- Shelby Mills currently ranks 70th (9:35.91) on the women’s side in the 3,000 meters.
- In the women’s 5,000 meters, Jordan Thurston’s time of 17:12.86 ranks 68th currently in the nation.
- Dillon Quintana is 51st in the country in the men’s 5,000 meters at 14:31.19. Vince Hamilton is not far behind in 76th at 14:37.11.
JATEN READY FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS:
- Women’s assistant coach Rachel Jaten has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon.
- She will run in the trials in Los Angeles Saturday. To make the Olympic team, Jaten will have to place in the top three ofthe 200-runner field.
- Jaten ran a personal best of 2:42:15 at the 2012 Portland Marathon.
- This will be her second run at the marathon at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She ran in the 2012 event.
- Jaten qualified for the 2016 trials with a 2:42.39 at the 2015 Los Angeles Marathon.
- Saturday’s race will be televised on NBC Sports starting at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.
ZAGS RANKED IN THE REGION:
- The Bulldog men are ranked 13th in the West Region poll. Oregon tops the ranking, while WCC-foe Portland is 12th.
- The GU women are 26th in the region. Portland is the highest-rated WCC program in 20th. Oregon tops the poll.
MILLS AND FRALEY BREAK RECORDS:
- Shelby Mills and Troy Fraley continued their stellar junior seasons by breaking their program’s indoor 3,000-meter records at the UW Invitational.
- Fraley shattered his own school record by nearly five seconds. His new time of 7:59.00 beat his old time of 8:04.37 set just two weeks ago on the same track. He placed fifth, but was the second collegian across the finish line.
- Mills raced to a 9:35.31 finish, besting her personal record of 9:36.36, and snapped Lindsay Drake’s three-year-old mark of 9:36.11. Competing some of the best college and pro runners in the west, Mills placed 15th.
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