Gonzaga Harriers Head to Elite Races

Sept. 27, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga women's and men's cross country teams are running at the Bill Dellinger Invitational Friday in Springfield, Ore.

The annual event welcomes some of the most talented programs on the west coast. The meet is named after Hall of Fame American middle-distance runner and coach Bill Dellinger.

"This will be an amazing early season meet for Gonzaga," Director of GU Cross Country Pat Tyson said. "Our goal is to mix it up with some of the best runners in the NCAA! The men's race features No. 2 Stanford (No. 1 in the West Region), No. 6 BYU (No. 3 Mountain Region), No. 8 Oregon (No. 2 West), and No. 17 Portland (No. 4 West).

"On the women's side, No. 2 Oregon (No. 1 West), No. 5 Stanford (No. 2 West), No. 12 Washington (No. 4 West), and No. 14 BYU (No. 4 Mountain) are all in the field."

The Zag women and men both placed second at the 2015 Bill Dellinger Invitational. Shelby Mills paced the GU women with a third place finish, while Amelia Evans was right behind in fourth place at 20:30.5. Jordan Thurston placed sixth (20:55.0) and Julie Henling was ninth (21:21.6).

Gonzaga's Matthew Crichlow placed sixth in the men's race. Troy Fraley was close behind in seventh at 24:48.1. Scott Kopczynski had another top 10 finish, placing 10th with a time of 25:24.0.

The GU women's and men's cross country programs were both ranked 10th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) West Region polls this week.

The Bulldog men are coming off of a win over Idaho in a dual in Spokane on Sept. 16. In his first race of the season, Sumner Goodwin placed first with a time of 24:32.4. Jake Perrin edged out teammate Kyle Thompson for second. Perrin's time of 24:34.2 just beat out Thompson's 24:34.9. Thurston led the Bulldog women with a second place finish at 18:06.6.

Friday at the Springfield Golf Club, the men's 8K race begins at 10 a.m., followed by the women's 6K at 11. Live results will be available on GoZags.com.

"This is always a homecoming for me," Tyson said. "I love my University of Oregon Coach Bill Dellinger. He too loves the Zags. It is always an honor to run in a meet that honors possibly the greatest coach in collegiate distance running history. I know he will be on hand! We will dig deep for my mentor! I want to make him proud!"



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