Track Begins Outdoor Slate at Whitworth
March 16, 2016
GONZAGA BULLDOGS AT BUC SCORING
MEET 7 | MARCH 17-18 | SPOKANE | PINE BOWL/BOPPELL TRACK
FIRST GU RACES: Women- 5 p.m. (5000m); Men- 5:30 p.m. (5000m)
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ZAGS OPEN OUTDOOR SEASON:
- The Gonzaga women’s and men’s track programs start their outdoor schedules at the Buc Scoring Invite at nearby Whitworth University Thursday and Friday.
- This is the eighth straight year the Zags appear in the meet dating back to the 2009 season.
ABOUT THE MEET:
- The Whitworth track and field team is set to host its second home meet of the season at Boppell Track in the Pine Bowl with the Buc Scoring Invite on Thursday and Friday.
- Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University, the Community Colleges of Spokane and Lewis-Clark State College will join Whitworth at the meet.
- The first half of the multi-events, the 5K races and the hammer throw will take place Thursday. The meet continues with the remainder of the events on Friday. The meet begins at noon both days.
LAST YEAR AT THE MEET:
- The Gonzaga women’s and men’s track programs swept the 5,000-meter titles at last year’s Buc Scoring Invite.
- On the first day of outdoor competition, Shelby Mills and Danny Lunder finished first in their respective 5,000-meter races. Lunder led a group of four men’s runners from Gonzaga that swept the top four spots, while the GU women placed six runners in the top seven.
- Mills crossed the line at 17:21.20. On the men’s side, Lunder used a photo finish to edge out teammate Matthew Crichlow. Lunder’s time of 14:58.52, was just slightly ahead of Crichlow’s 14:58.53.
- Maggie Jones broke the stadium record with a 4:35.25 finish in the women’s 1,500 meters. The senior’s time was the third fastest time in program history.
- Teammate Jessica Mildes followed closely behind with a time of 4:35.88, the fifth fastest time in GU history.
- In the 400 meters, Maggie Riley ran one of the best times in program history at 61.21. Mildes, Jones, and Stroosma swept the top three spots in the 800.
- Willie Milam ran the fastest March times in program history in the 800 (1:53.25) and 1500 meters (3:50.81).
FRALEY REPRESENTS GU AT USATF NATIONALS:
- Troy Fraley placed 14th at the USATF Indoor Championships inside the Oregon Convention Center.
- Fraley became the first Zag to ever run in the prestigious event. He crossed the line with a time of 8:09.13. The junior was the only collegian in the 16-runner field.
- Fraley was in a field that included four Olympians, four members of last summer’s World Outdoor U.S. team, runners with seven of the top-10 times in U.S. history, three individuals who hold a combined 10 American records (indoors and outdoors) and the 2015 NCAA champion.
JATEN RACES AT THE OLYMPIC TRIALS:
- In Los Angeles, Gonzaga women’s assistant coach, Rachel Jaten, placed 49th in the marathon at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
- On Feb. 13, out of 200 runners from across the country, she finished with a time of 2:46:35.
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