Thurston and Gonzaga Men Take Clash of Inland Northwest Titles

Sept. 1, 2016


MOSCOW, Idaho -- Jordan Thurston placed first in the women's race and the Gonzaga men took the team title at the Clash of the Inland Northwest Thursday. It was the first meet of the season for the Bulldogs.

Thurston broke the program's record on a 4,000-meter course with a time of 13:40.6, five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Sarah Reiter of Eastern Washington (13:45.9). Thurston bested Julie Henling's previous program record of 13:58.9, run last season at the same event.

The GU men placed three runners in the top 10 and totaled 27 points in the win. Idaho, which hosted the meet on its golf course, came in second with 42 points.

"It was a good season-opening meet for us," Gonzaga's Director of Cross Country Pat Tyson said. "Once we get some guys in there in a jersey, we're going to be at full strength. But, this was a very good early season meet for us. I'm really proud of our men, and excited for Max Kaderabek and his finish!"

Kaderabek led the Zags with a second place finish. He crossed the line at 18:36.9, while Troy Fraley, running unattached, won the 6,000-meter race with a time of 18:23.9. Scott Kopczynski (18:44.6) and Dillon Quintana (18:48.7) came in fifth and seventh. Kellen Manley (18:53.4) and Conor McCandless (19:00.7) rounded out the GU scoring in 11th and 15th.

On the women's side, Jessica Mildes followed Thurston in 12th place. Mildes' time of 14:31.7, was just ahead of teammate Olivia Evans (14:42.3) in 15th place. Henling (14:53.1) and Lauren Bourgeois (15:17.3) came in 18th and 25th. The Zags placed third as a team.

"It was a fun start to the season with a nice individual win for Jordan and the return to racing after nine months for Jessica," Gonzaga women's Head Coach Patty Ley said. "Olivia and Julie closed well over the second half to give us a sense of the pack we can have. We had some good solid packing for five through 12 with our freshmen really making an impact led by Lauren at the finish. We saw some big improvements and looking forward to the work and meets ahead. It was a nice way to start the season."

On Sept. 17, the Gonzaga men and women welcome Idaho for a dual meet at Mead High School. Admission is free for the event.



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