Fraley Runs at Nationals on Wednesday
June 6, 2017
Gonzaga at the NCAA Championships
WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY, JUNE 7 & 9, 2017 | EUGENE, OR | HISTORIC HAYWARD FIELD
FIRST GU EVENT: Wednesday - 5:02 p.m. (3000m steeplechase national semifinals, 2nd of 2 heats)
LIVE VIDEO: ESPNU / Watch ESPN
LIVE RESULTS: GoZags.com
FRALEY DEBUTS AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:
- Troy Fraley makes his first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the national semifinals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase Wednesday. He runs in the second of two heats.
- Fraley becomes the first-ever Zag to win at the NCAA West Regional and is the first-ever men’s qualifier for the national championships in program history.
ABOUT THE MEET:
- The NCAA Div. I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for June 7-10 in Eugene, Ore.
- For the third straight year, the meet is split into men’s and women’s sections, with the men kicking off the competition.
- The decathlon begins at 12:30 p.m., the first of five field event finals will be the hammer throw at 2 p.m., and action on the track begins at 4:32 p.m., headlined by the 10,000-meter final at 7:08 p.m.
- The decathlon wraps up Thursday, which otherwise will feature women’s field events, preliminaries on the track and the 10,000-meter final at 7:08 p.m.
- The bulk of the men’s finals will be contested Friday; the heptathlon begins that afternoon, and concludes Saturday along with the women’s portion of the meet.
ABOUT THE TRACK:
- At the heart of Eugene’s successful bid for the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials, Hayward Field looms as one of the world’s most famous track and field venues.
- In 2010, Track Town USA welcomed the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the 10th time since 1962 – the most of any venue in modern history.
- It’s also the only facility to ever host three consecutive U.S. Olympic Trials (1972, 1976, 1980), while six U.S. Championships have graced the storied venue, including recent events in 1999, 2001, 2009 and 2011.
- The stadium (current capacity: 10,500) has undergone significant improvements in modern history, including a new track surface, permanent lights, a video board and newly configured infield.
FRALEY AT THE NCAA WEST PRELMS:
- Troy Fraley ran the fastest time in the men’s 3,000-meter quarterfinal at the NCAA West Preliminaries on May 26.
- The redshirt junior crossed the line at 8:44.99 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
- Fraley becomes the first-ever Zag to win at the NCAA West Regional and is the first-ever men’s qualifier for the national championships in program history. Shelby Mills became the first-ever qualifier for GU, running the steeplechase in Eugene on the women’s side the past two seasons.
- Fraley remained near the front of the race from the start, before breaking away from the pack with Dylan Blakenbaker from Oklahoma. Fraley made his move past the Sooner with a few laps left in the race and used a big kick to pull away with the win.
- Blakenbaker finished second at 8:45.88, while New Mexico’s Graham Thomas was third at 8:50.65.
- Fraley’s heat ended up being the fastest of the three, qualifying five of the 12 runners to Eugene, Ore.
FRALEY IS PHENOMENAL AT STANFORD
- Troy Fraley ran the NCAA’s fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time this season at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
- Fraley shattered his own school record with a time of 8:39.30 at the Cobb Track and Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University.
- He finished second in his heat behind professional runner Brandon Doughty (8:38.69). Pro runners Anthony Rotich and Michael Jordan had the top times in the first heat at 8:36.39 and 8:38.47.
- Fraley is the lone collegian in the country under eight minutes and 40 seconds so far this season.
- Fraley was one of the last entries invited into the field of 25 runners at the prestigious Payton Jordan. He then finished fourth overall, beating out Olympic Trial runners, the Venezuelan national record holder, and the third-place finisher from the U.S. Cross Country Championships.
PAT TYSON’S PRELIM RECAP
Troy Fraley is a rock star! He is elevating our program like no other! Don’t get me wrong, as Willie Milam, Nick Roche, Andy Phillips, Kellen Manley, and Matt Crichlow among others have paved the way! Still, Troy was number one in Texas Stadium! The announcer really captured the moment as he talked about Troy and the Zag runners’ accomplishments this year. Troy now goes to Hayward Field to continue his pursuit of excellence! I could not be prouder of this Junior from Kalispell! Not bad for a kid who paved his way to Eugene by carving out a lane of deep snow last winter so he could chase today’s dream and his dream in two weeks! I’m so pumped for the Gonzaga Nation!”
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