Nov. 10, 2017
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga men's cross country team ran three of the top-10 fastest 10k times in program history in a 10th place finish at the NCAA West Regionals at Jefferson Park Golf Course Friday.
Peter Hogan narrowly finished ahead of teammate Phillip Fishburn in 48th place. Fishburn was 49th, while Max Kaderabek crossed the line in 52nd place. Hogan’s time of 30:39.0 ranks fourth on the GU all-time 10k list, and Fishburn ranks fifth with his 30:40.1 finish. Kaderabek’s 30:43.9 is now seventh in program history.
Jake Perrin was 65th at 30:58.1. Kellen Manley and Sumner Goodwin ran the 15th and 16th fastest 10k times in GU history at 31:12.8. Manley edged out Goodwin at the line in 80th place, Goodwin was right behind in 81st place.
“Our guys had their best team race of the season today,” Director of Gonzaga Cross Country Pat Tyson said. “Our top six had a 33-second spread! I thought we competed pretty well, and the score did not tell the whole story! We were close to No. 9 California and No. 8 San Francisco. We beat No. 10 seeded Cal Poly by 11 which was nice, but I know the guys worked hard for that breakthrough race! I’m still, so proud of this team!
“We will miss our seniors Max, Sumner Goodwin, and Dillon Quintana! On the other end, I like our future! With Peter, Fishburn, Perrin, Manley, Sammy Truax, Kyle Thompson, Bennett Gagnon back and a nice group of sophomore and freshmen chasing them. We should be in a position to get to the NCAA elite field of 30!”
The Zag women were led by Jordan Thurston’s 21:12.6 finish. The senior placed 80th in the field of 243 runners. The next four GU runners crossed the line within 20 seconds of each other, led by Aimee Piercy’s 22:14.1 finish in 142nd place.
Jenna Rogers was 157th with a time of 22:24.8. Amanda Kiefer (22:29.0) and Ally Legard (22:34.2) rounded of the Bulldog scoring in 162nd and 171st place. As a team, Gonzaga finished 24th.
“It was a beautiful day, but just a rough one for us,” GU head coach Patty Ley said. “We have seen the younger athletes grow each week, but just kind of hit a bit of a ceiling today. We struggled a lot in a big field. We had solid races from Aimee, Amanda and Jenna. They help set a solid base for the future. The challenge is to take some time for bodies to reset, rest and rejuvenate. Then build from this point - brick by brick of training and confidence.”
San Francisco edged out Stanford for the women’s title. The Dons totaled 59 points, while Stanford had 76. USF had three runners place in the top-10. Oregon (92), Boise State (104) and California (183) were third, fourth and fifth.
Charlotte Taylor of San Francisco came in first at 19:14.2, just in front of Boise State’s Allie Ostrander 19:16.5. Washington’s Amy-Eloise Neale, last year’s regional champion, was third (19:25.3). Taylor placed second at last year’s regionals.
On the men’s side Portland’s 63 points just beat out Washington’s 65 for the title. The Pilots had three runners in the top-five, including the first two, led by Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse’s first place finish at 29:33.1. Teammate Jeff Thies was second at 29:38.8. Stanford placed third behind Steven Fahy’s 29:40.3 third place individual finish. Oregon and UCLA placed fourth and fifth.