Zags Wrap Up Cross Country Season at Regionals
Nov. 11, 2016
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Gonzaga men’s and women’s cross country programs completed their 2016 seasons with 12th and 16th place finishes at the NCAA West Regionals at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course Friday.
Jordan Thurston led the GU women to a 16th place team finish. She crossed the line with a time of 20:31.0, nearly beating her personal record of 20:30.4. The junior concludes a stellar season that included three first place finishes and an All-West Coast Conference recognition.
Jessica Mildes placed 71st at 21:09.5. Katy Culver’s time of 21:38.8 was 102nd, while Julie Henling (22:00.2) and Lauren Bourgeois (22:19.3) rounded out the Bulldog scoring in 131st and 156th.
Washington’s Amy-Eloise Neale came in the first in the 238-runner field. Her time of 19:27.8 was nearly 13 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Charlotte Taylor of San Francisco at 19:40.3. The Stanford women edged out Washington for the team title, 71 to 88.
“Bit of a tough day for Jordan,” GU women’s Head Coach Patty Ley said. “She has been fighting a cold and it took an edge off. And, this was a race where every edge mattered. It was absolutely one of the best cross country races I have ever seen! There was so much quality, so many athletes competing extremely hard for those spots to Nationals. Last time we were here we were 17th, so 16th isn't bad, but wanted more. But, it was a way better field this time. I’m proud of the work the ladies have done to reach this place. Jess and Katy stepped up as seniors for their best races of the season, leading Lauren, Olivia and Amanda to their best efforts as well.”
On the men’s side, Max Kaderabek paced the Bulldog men to a 12th place finish. Kaderabek’s time of 30:45.4 was 52nd, and the sixth-fastest time in program history over a 10,000-meter course. Dillon Quintana and Jake Perrin were not far behind in 61st and 63rd. Quintana crossed the line with the seventh-fastest time in program history at 30:49.3, while Perrin’s time was 30:51.7, the eighth-best time in program history. Kellen Manley (31:37.5, 82nd) and Ian Goldizen (31:41.0, 88th) finished the Gonzaga scoring.
“The seven men representing Gonzaga competed hard,” Director of Gonzaga Cross Country Pat Tyson said. “They got after it! We were one point behind San Jose State and 26 points ahead of 13th place Arizona State. The cool thing about this team is everyone is back for the 2017 season, plus a solid group of guys back home, including All-NCAA West 2015 Regional finisher Troy Fraley. We had a nice spread of 55 seconds between our top five! One sad moment was Sumner Goodwin going down with back spasms. He will be back next year to help the gang of Zag runners!”
The Stanford men took the team title with 75 points. Portland was close behind in second with 90 points. Oregon’s Edward Cheserek placed first for the third time in the past four years at 29:23.7, just ahead of teammate Matthew Maton’s 29:44.9 second place finish.
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