Sunday, September 20, 2015

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Both Gonzaga squads take second in WCC Preview/Erik Anderson Invitational...

SPOKANE—The Gonzaga women's and men's cross country teams both finished second at the West Coast Conference Preview/Erik Anderson Invitational Saturday at Plantes Ferry Park.

The Zags took advantage of the short trip to Plantes Ferry Park with strong showings.  Troy Fraley and Maggie Jones led the charge for the Bulldogs, with Jones finishing second in 21:26 over the 6k course.

Sophomore Jordan Thurston was the Zags’ second runner across in 21:27 to take third, while Jessica Mildes was eighth in 21:40.

The Eastern Washington women, which were missing a number of key athletes, finished third, led by Katie Mahoney’s 14th place finish in 22:04.

BYU won the women’s team title, scoring a low of 43 points, with Gonzaga second with 44, Portland 49, Idaho 100, Pacific 140 and Eastern Washington 156.

Alice Jensen of BYU took the individual title in a time of 21:19.

In the men’s 8k race, Dallin Farnsworth of BYU led six Cougars in the top ten, winning in a time of 24:20.

Gonzaga’s top runner was Troy Fraley in third in 24:25, with Matthew Crichlow finishing eighth in 24:38.  Gonzaga’s Casey Adams, competing unattached was 10th in 24:55, while former Washington Husky Sumner Goodwin was 14th in 25:11, as he competed unattached while sitting out a year before he becomes eligible to run for Gonzaga.

Stephen Bottoms was Eastern Washington’s top finisher in 21st in 25:35.

BYU easily won the team title with a near perfect score of 18, with Gonzaga second with 43, and Eastern Washington third with 86.

This meet was a preview of next month’s WCC championship meet, which will be hosted by Gonzaga.

NOTE:  Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University contributed to this report.

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