Cross Country Runs at Regionals Friday

Nov. 8, 2017


SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga women's and men's cross country teams run against the top competition from the region at the 2017 NCAA West Regionals Friday morning in Seattle.

The Zags, along with the best in the region, return to the Jefferson Park Golf Course for regionals. The course consists of multiple 2k loops on flat fairways crossing some cart paths. The course was the site of the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, the 2011 USATF Club Nationals, the NCAA West Regional Championships in 2012 and 2015, and the Washington Invitational beginning in 2014.

The last time the Jefferson Park Golf Course hosted the regionals, the Zag women qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history. In 2015, Shelby Mills led the Gonzaga women to a sixth place team finish, after crossing the line in seventh as an individual. The Bulldog men finished 10th. Matthew Crichlow's 18th place finish was the best for GU in the past 20 years and qualified him as an individual for the national championships, a first in program history.

Last season, GU completed its 2016 schedules with 12th and 16th place finishes at the NCAA West Regionals in Sacramento, Calif. Jordan Thurston led the GU women to a 16th place team finish. She finished the 6k course with a time of 20:31.0, nearly beating her personal record of 20:30.4.

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 was 82nd at 31:37.5.

This year, Kaderabek, Perrin, Manley, Phillip Fishburn, Sumner Goodwin, Peter Hogan and Sammy Truax run for the Zag men. Kelly Gilbert, Amanda Kiefer, Ally Legard, Claire Manley, Caroline McCarthy, Aimee Piercy, Jenna Rogers, and Thurston will represent the GU women.

Thurston, Kaderabek and Perrin are all coming off of top-20 finishes at the West Coast Conference Championships. Kaderabek placed 17th with a time of 24:21.09, pacing the Zags to a fourth place team finish, marking the sixth straight season GU has placed in the top-four. Perrin and 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. Fishburn (24:36.83) and Hogan (24:43.14) placed 25th and 27th in the 80-runner field.

The GU women were fifth led by Thurston's time of 20:52.9 in 18th place. Claire Manley (22:09.8) and Rogers (22:12.3) finished in 36th and 37th. Kiefer (22:21.9) and Piercy (22:24.9) were 45th and 46th.

"We will come in seeded No. 11 behind Stanford, Portland, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Boise State, Washington State, San Francisco, California, and Cal Poly," Director of Gonzaga Cross Country Pat Tyson said. "I believe this Gonzaga team will run better over a 10,000-meter distance. They are still disappointed finishing fourth at the WCC Championships two weeks ago. They are hungry.

"The NCAA West is the deepest of any region. It is possible that six teams could qualify for the NCAA Championships. If we can have a perfect day, we could punch a ticket as one of the final 30 teams. We have a mix of youth and a mix of rookies, but all of the Zags traveling have experience in big-time competitions. It will take a couple of our guys making the top-25 and three others will have to be under 50th to be in a position to head to the elite show in Louisville. I've said it all season, this is the best team to line up for the men in Gonzaga history. I'm so pumped for these guys!"

Seven of the top-30 teams in the men's national rankings will be running in Seattle Friday, led by No. 4 Stanford. Third-ranked Oregon is one of six women's teams from the West Region that are in the top-30 nationally.

Live video, provided by FloTrack, will be available Friday, along with live results on The women's 6k race starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by the men's 10k race at 11:30 a.m.



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