Zag Men Place Fourth at WCC Championships; Women Place Fifth
Oct. 27, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. – Jordan Thurston and Max Kaderabek both had top-20 finishes leading the Gonzaga women’s and men’s cross country teams to top-five finishes at the 2017 West Coast Conference Championships on the Metropolitan Golf Links Friday.

Kaderabek placed 17th with a time of 24:21.09, just missing out on a Second Team All-Conference finish. He paced the Zags to a fourth place team finish, marking the sixth straight season GU has placed in the top-four.

“It was a tough, grinding course, against two of the top teams in the country” Kaderabek said. “We ran well as a pack early, but with it being a fast, rolling course, we started to break up. We just have to stay smooth with what we’re doing, we will taper off a bit late this week and make sure we’re fresh for regionals.”

Jake Perrin and Sumner Goodwin came in 20th and 21st place. Perrin crossed the line at 24:25.65, while Goodwin’s time of 24:27.05 ranks 15th on the program’s all-time list over an 8,000-meter course. Phillip Fishburn (24:36.83) and Peter Hogan (24:43.14) placed 25th and 27th in the 80-runner field.

“We had a goal of placing in the top-three, so we’re a little disappointed,” Director of GU Cross Country Pat Tyson said. “We matched up so well with San Francisco. We were right there with them, the 29th-ranked team in the country. We had a good fight, that wasn’t an issue. If you look at our spread, there was a 22-second spread between our number one and five runners. We went out hard, maybe a little too hard. It was really hot here today.

 

 

“But, Max was gutty out there. He hit grit like I’ve never seen him do before. All of our guys were gritty today. We have a young team, and we have to put ourselves in the top-five of the region in a couple weeks.”

The GU women were fifth Friday. The Zags totaled a score of 166 on the 6K course. Thurston led Gonzaga with a time of 20:52.9 in 18th place. Claire Manley (22:09.8) and Jenna Rogers (22:12.3) finished in 36th and 37th. Amanda Kiefer (22:21.9) and Aimee Piercy (22:24.9) were 45th and 46th.

“It was a pretty warm day down here,” GU women’s head coach Patty Ley said. “With a young, inexperienced team, there were a lot of nerves prior to the race and the first mile was a little shaky, but they settled the nerves and started racing hard. Finally moving past San Diego in the last kilometer. We got lots of great experience for the younger Zags.

“Jordan was just a bit off today and never got into her natural rhythm. But, she still ran strongly in a really strong field. Claire continues to lead the next crew and Jenna is just providing terrific support as a freshman. We’re looking forward to Seattle in two weeks to get that next step of improvement for and from them!”

The No. 4 nationally-ranked San Francisco women took the team title. The Dons swept the top three spots and placed four runners in the top-five, led by Charlotte Taylor, with a time of 19:10.5. No. 18 BYU was second, followed by Loyola Marymount and Portland.

On the men’s side, No. 2 BYU cruised to first place behind a top-five sweep. Connor McMillan crossed the line at 23:22.8. Third-ranked Portland placed second and San Francisco was third.

The Bulldogs run in the NCAA West Regionals on Nov. 10. The event returns to the Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle. The women’s race starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by the men’s race at 11:30 a.m. Live video and results will be available on GoZags.com.

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