Thurston and Quintana Named Preseason All-WCC

Sept. 6, 2017

SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The Gonzaga men's cross country team was slated third in the annual West Coast Conference coaches' preseason poll Wednesday. The Zag women were picked fifth. GU's Jordan Thurston and Dillon Quintana were selected to their respective preseason teams.

The Bulldog men were picked third in the preseason poll for the fifth consecutive year. GU finished fourth at the WCC Championships last season. The Zags return plenty of talented runners this season, including Quintana, who became only the third GU selection to the conference's preseason team in program history.

Thurston is the Zags' fifth women's selection to the WCC preseason team, and first since 2015. The GU women were picked fourth in the previous two preseason polls, after being tabbed fifth in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The Bulldogs were fourth at last year's conference championships.

Thurston paced the GU women with a fifth-place finish in last week's season-opening Clash of the Inland Northwest in Missoula, Mont. The Zag men took the team title after sweeping the top three spots, including Quintana's third place finish. Jake Perrin came in first, followed by Ben Hogan.

The Zags host Idaho in a dual meet at Mead High School on Sept. 16. The women's race is scheduled for 10 a.m., followed by the men's race.

 
2017 WCC Men's Cross Country Coaches Poll

Team (First Place)

 

Pts.

1. BYU

(8)

64

2. Portland

(1)

57

3. Gonzaga

 

47

4. San Francisco

 

45

5. Loyola Marymount

 

33

6. Saint Mary's

 

30

7. Santa Clara

 

25

8. Pepperdine

 

13

9. San Diego

 

10

 
2017 All-WCC Men's Cross Country Preseason Team

Name

Institution

Yr.

Brayden McLelland

BYU

Soph.

Clayton Young

BYU

Jr.

Daniel Carney

BYU

Jr.

Dillon Quintana

Gonzaga

Sr.

Gabe Arias-Sheridan

Saint Mary's

Sr.

Jeff Thies

Portland

Sr.

Johnathan Harper

BYU

Sr.

Nick Hauger

Portland

Jr.

Rory Linkletter

BYU

Jr.

Spencer Hanson

BYU

Sr.

 
 
2017 WCC Women's Cross Country Coaches Poll

Team (First Place)

Pts.

 

1. BYU (2)

74

 

2. San Francisco (7)

68

 

3. Portland (1)

60

 

4. Loyola Marymount

47

 

5. Gonzaga

46

 

6. Saint Mary's

32

 

7. San Diego

31

 

8. Santa Clara

24

 

9. Pacific

14

 

10. Pepperdine

9

 

 
2017 All-WCC Women's Cross Country Preseason Team

Name

Institution

Yr.

Ashleigh Warner

BYU

Sr.

Charlotte Taylor

San Francisco

Sr.

Courtney Wayment

BYU

Soph.

Danielle Shannahan

LMU

Sr.

Erica Birk

BYU

Sr.

Jordan Thurston

Gonzaga

Sr.

Laura Young

BYU

Sr.

Lauren LaRocco

Portland

Sr.

Taryn Rawlings

Portland

Jr.

Weronika Pyzik

San Francisco

Jr.


 

 

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