Gonzaga Harriers Head to Regionals

Nov. 9, 2016

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Gonzaga at the NCAA West Regionals
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016 | SACRAMENTO, CA | HAGGIN OAKS GOLF COURSE
 
ABOUT THE MEET:
- The Sacramento State cross country programs will host the 2016 NCAA West Regional.
- Many of the best cross country runners in Div. I will make their way to Sacramento.
- The meet will take place at Haggin Oaks Golf Course and will be co-hosted by Sacramento State and the Sacramento Sports Commission.
- This is the second time that Sacramento has hosted the NCAA West Regional since 2013.
- The top two team finishers from both races will earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships.
 
ABOUT THE FIELD:
- The women’s race features six teams ranked among the top 30 in the latest United State Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association poll, including three in the top 10.
- Washington is the top ranked team in the field and is ranked fourth nationally.
- Three other Pac-12 teams are ranked in the polls. Stanford is tied for seventh and Oregon, which has won the last two NCAA West Regional titles, is 11th. Cal completes the trio by being ranked 27th.
- Portland is the top ranked team in the field outside of the Pac-12. The Pilots are 10th nationally after winning the West Coast Conference championship.
- Junior Lauren LaRocco was the WCC individual champion. San Francisco rounds out the ranked teams and is ranked 16th.
- In the men’s race, Stanford is the top ranked team in the field. The Cardinal finished second at the Pac-12 Championships to Colorado and are ranked fourth in the West Region. UCLA, Oregon and Washington State are all ranked among the top 20 in the most recent poll.
- The Bruins placed third at the Pac-12 meet and are eighth nationally. Oregon is 10th in Div. I after placing fourth at the league meet. Washington State was fifth at the conference championship and comes into the regional ranked 17th nationally.
- Portland completed the WCC title sweep by winning the men’s team title and are ranked 12th. Boise State moved to 20th in the rankings after winning the Mountain West title. Junior Yusuke Uchikoshi was the MWC champion.
- Cal Poly accounts for the other two conference champions in the meet. The Mustangs won both the men’s and women’s titles at the Big West Championships
 
LAST YEAR’S NCAA REGIONALS ZAG RECAP:       
- Shelby Mills led the Gonzaga women’s cross country team to a sixth place team finish, after crossing the line in seventh as an individual at the NCAA West Regional on the Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle. Mills’ finish automatically qualified her for the 2015 NCAA Cross Country National Championships
- Mills finished with a time of 20:47.4. She had an average mile of 5:34.4. The senior paced the Zags to their best team finish in the last 16 years as well. Gonzaga’s 224 points were sixth in the race.
- The Gonzaga men finished 10th, matching their finish in 2014. Both the Zag women and men had their lowest point totals in their respective program histories.
- Matthew Crichlow’s 18th place finish was the best for GU in the past 20 years. The redshirt senior crossed the line at 31:30.3.
- His time is the 12th-fastest in program history on a 10K course.
- Troy Fraley followed closely behind in 23rd place at 31:39.9.
- Jessica Mildes came in 21st place in the women’s race at 21:09.4.
- Mills, Crichlow, Fraley and Mildes all were named All-West Region for their performances.
 
ZAGS HISTORY AT THE NCAA REGIONALS:           
- The GU women placed sixth last season at regionals, led by Shelby Mills seventh place finish at 20:47.
- The Bulldog men were 10th, paced by Matthew Crichlow’s 16th place finish at 31:30.
- Gonzaga’s men have placed 10th in both of the last two seasons.
- In 2013 when Haggin Oaks last hosted the regionals, the Gonzaga men were 11th, while the women were 17th.
 
THURSTON RUNS TO ALL-WCC FINISH: 
- Thurston ran to an All-West Coast Conference finish at the WCC Championships in San Diego.
- Thurston paced the GU women with fourth-place finish. She finished the 6,000-meter course at 20:58.7.
- It’s the junior’s second straight All-Conference finish after placing seventh at last year’s WCC Championships in Spokane.
- Thurston is the seventh All-WCC Bulldog runner under women’s Head Coach Patty Ley.
- As a team, the GU women placed fourth with 139 points. The Portland women rallied for the conference title. The Pilots edged out BYU by two points, 42-44.
- The GU men got out to a fast start, led after the first split, was second at the second split, was in the top three for the majority of the race, before placing fourth.
- The Zags placed in the top four for the fifth straight season.
- Dillon Quintana led Gonzaga with a 16th place finish. He crossed the line at 25:04.6, just four seconds off of All-WCC honorable mention pace.

 

 

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