TERRE HAUTE, Indiana—Competing in the white section of the Indiana State University Pre-Nationals Invitational, Gonzaga’s Jordan Thurston (left/photo by Mike Scott) capped off her day with a sixth place finish, covering the 6k course where this year’s NCAA championship meet will be contested in a time of 21:08.
Jordan was running with the lead group for the first 4.5 k, when the pack began stringing out, according to Bulldog women’s coach Patty Ley.
Jessica Mildes was 40th in 22:14, followed by Katy Culver (66th, 22:36), Olivia Evans (88th, 22:57) and Julie Henling (106th, 23:14).
The Bulldogs finished 13th in the 25 team field with 300 points, as Annemarie Schwanz of Fresno State won the individual title in 20:49, and Oregon State took the team championship with 114 points.
The Gonzaga men’s team ran in the Blue section against a significantly tougher field, finishing 31st with 762 points, as Oregon won the team title with 85 points.
The Zags lost both Scott Kopczynski and Sumner Goodwin during the race as they both dropped out of the race due to injuries.
Max Kaderabek led the team with his 62nd place time of 25:00 over the 8k course. Dillion Quintana (122nd, 25:25), Jake Perrin (127th, 25:27), Kelly Manley (222nd, 26:16), and Kyle Thompson (229th, 26:26) were the other finishers. Manley lost significant ground, as he had his bib ripped during a fall, and was spiked in the process by other runners.
Oregon’s Edward Cheserek won his second straight race of the season, taking the individual crown in 23:35.
In Lewiston, Idaho, Eastern Washington’s Sarah Reiter tuned up for a possible run at regaining the Big Sky cross country championship she lost last year by winning the women’s 5k at the Inland Empire Invitational.
Reiter was timed with a clocking of 16:36, close to her track PR of 16:27.
The Eagles finished third in the meet with 76 points, behind Idaho’s 29, and Montana’s 42. Washington State was fourth with 103, followed by Gonzaga at 123.
In the men’s 8k race, freshman Justin Janke of Washington State won in a time of 24:09 to lead the Cougars to the team title, as the Cougs placed three in the top five.
Joining the Cougar parade were Jake Finney in 3rd at 24:23, and Jackson Haselnus in fifth at 24:28.
Finishing behind Washington State’s 37 points was Gonzaga at 69, Idaho with 70, Eastern Washington at 76, and Montana with 88 points.
At Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park, host Seattle University’s mens and women’s teams finished second to Club Northwest at the Emerald City Open.
In the men’s 8k, Club Northwest’s Drew Polley took the win, as the WSU alum ran 25:33 to finish five seconds ahead of teammate and Seattle Pacific coach Chris Reed.
Eil Boudouris was the first Redhawk across the line in 25:54.
In the women’s 6k, Lana Lacey of Club Northwest won in a time of 22:06, with SeattleU’s Lila Rice second at 22:18.
EWU RUNNER SCHREIBER IN MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA…
Eastern Washington distance runner Drew Schreiber (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) is in a medically induced coma at Spokane’s Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center after being assaulted at a Cheney apartment complex on October 8th, according to a report from the Spokane Spokesman-Review.
Schreiber transferred to Eastern Washington after a short stint at the University of Washington.
Booked into Spokane County Jail on $1 million bond are John T. Mellgren and Damian C. Dunigan for attempted first-degree murder. Court documents indicate Schreiber was beaten with a baseball bat so badly that the bat bent.
NOTE: The sports information offices at Gonzaga, Washington State, SeattleU, and Indiana State contributed to this report.