Three for Three: Thurston Wins Third Race of the Season
Sept. 30, 2016
MISSOULA, Mont. -- The Gonzaga women's cross country team has run in three events so far this season, and Jordan Thurston has won them all. The latest was a first place finish at the Montana Invitational Friday.
Thurston finished the 6,000-meter course on the University of Montana Golf Course at 21:09.2, over 40 seconds ahead of second place Alyssa Snyder of Montana State. Thurston opened her junior season with a first place finish at the Clash of the Inland Northwest, before winning the Gonzaga-Idaho Dual.
"It was terrific race for Jordan," Gonzaga women's Head Coach Patty Ley said. "She just took it from the start and kept rolling. I love where she is right now and she has a ton of fire to keep doing more."
The Gonzaga men also continued their hot start to the season, winning their third consecutive race. The Zags eased to the team title with five finishers in the top-10. Max Kaderabek placed second for the second straight race. He crossed the line at 25:25.6. Troy Fraley, running unattached, took first with a time of 24:55.5.
Scott Kopczynski and Kellen Manley were seventh and eighth at 26:00.0 and 26:04.4. Jake Perrin completed the 8,000-meter course at 26:08.3. The Bulldogs had a winning average time of 25:54.04.
"Max ran terrific finishing first for Gonzaga," Director of GU Cross Country Pat Tyson said. "Sumner Goodwin ran well as he has been out the last couple of weeks with back pain. Scott Kopczynski, Kellen Manley, Jake Perrin, and Kyle Thompson ran solid with a 12-second spread. If these guys can close the gap with Max, we'll be a very good team! I'm very proud of this team as the course was deceptively tough. It was certainly not a fast course layout!"
In the women's race, Jessica Mildes also had a top-five finish, placing fifth with a time of 22:17.1. Katy Culver placed 12th at 23:04.4. Olivia Evans (23:20.7) and Lauren Bouregois (23:24.3) rounded out the GU scoring in 15th and 17th.
"Jessica is making good progress and continues to round back into the fitness we are used to seeing. Lauren just keeps impressing as she works to close the gaps with Katy and Olivia. Both of these young women are working hard to fill the shoes left by our top crew from last year and are experiencing growing pains as they learn how to compete at the front. But they are growing and it will come together.
"We had a lot of first timers (almost half) in this trip and they learned a lot about themselves and what to expect. We had close dual scores because they finished well. We're looking to keep making steps forward."
Gonzaga will split its squads between the NCAA Pre-National meet in Terre Haute, Ind., and the Inland Empire Classic in Lewiston, Idaho, on Oct. 15. The races will be the final tune-ups before the West Coast Conference on Oct. 28.
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