Bulldogs Run in Regular Season Finale Saturday
May 11, 2018
The meet was created as a chance for NCAA teams to have a final opportunity to qualify for their National Championships. The Portland Twilight has grown to attract college and professional athletes from across the US and Canada. The Portland Twilight is contested at Lewis and Clark College's Griswold Stadium. The Eldon Fix track is home to the Portland Track Festival and is a fantastic setting for fast performances in mid-May under ideal racing conditions and the stadium lights. The meet is officiated and sanctioned by Oregon USATF.
Last year, 30 GU runners competed at the Portland Twilight. Troy Fraley ran the second-fastest 5,000-meter time in men's program history. He crossed the line in first place with a time of 13:57.58. Max Kaderabek's 29:57.53 10,000-meter finish ranks fourth on the GU all-time list.
In the 2015 Portland Twilight, with just hours left in the qualifying window for the NCAA West Preliminaries, Andy Phillips punched his ticket to the postseason in dramatic fashion with a time of 3:43.90. He not only qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas, he broke the Gonzaga 1,500-meter program record. Brandon Pollard qualified for the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:48.85.
The Top-48 marks in the region qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary in Sacramento, Calif., from May 24-26. Currently, Kellen Manley has the 17th-best time in the West Region in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:51.26). His time also ranks 21st in the nation. Sammy Truax's time of 8:55.95 ranks 33rd in the region and 49th in the country. Alex Heffelfinger (8:56.97) is 41st in the region and 60th in the nation. Troy Fraley ran the 43rd-fastest time in the region at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Jordan Thurston's 35:11.04 10,000-meter finish at the Mt. SAC Relays ranks 55th on the women's side in the West Region. Mason Villarma is 60th in the region with 3:45.91 finish in the men's 1,500 meters at last week's Oregon Twilight.
Molly Foster opens the meet for the Zags Saturday. She runs in the 400-meter hurdles at 3:15 p.m. Live video and results from the Portland Twilight will be available on GoZags.com.
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04/20/2018 - Pollard and Kopczynski Run Top-10 Times in Azusa
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04/18/2018 - Track Splits Squads in Busy Week