Gonzaga won big at the WAR 12 Northwest Scoring Clash at Spokane Community College on Friday and Saturday. Athletes endured the rain and the cold to compete at this invitational. Despite the bad weather, there were several athletes with standout times in their events.
In the men’s 800-meter race, two Zags claimed first and second. Brandon Pollard took first with a time of 1 minute, 53.20 seconds and Scott Kopczynski was right behind in 1:56.44. On the women’s side, Morgan Greene won her heat in 2:20.95, good enough for eighth overall.
Alex Walde and Ben Hogan finished first and second in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Walde was first in 9:31.85 and Hogan was close behind at 9:40.94.
The Bulldogs had several top finishers in the 1,500-meter race. For the men, seven placed within the top 10. Mason Villarma was third (3:54.31) while Jake Perrin (3:54.70) and Andrew Gardner (3:55.56) were fourth and fifth. For the women, Lauren Haas was GU's top finisher in 11th at 5:00.66.
Samantha Vowles took second in her heat of the 400 meters with a time of 1:03.66. Gianna Bacher followed closely in 1:04.83. The two placed 11th and 13th overall.
In the men’s 5,000 meters, four Zags placed in the top ten. Yacine Guermali took first with a time of 14:51.85 and Phillip Fishburn was second in 14:57.60. Daniel Thompson (15:18.84) and Kyle Thompson (15:28.21) soon followed suit, finishing sixth and ninth respectively.
Four more Zags, Ciaran O’Leary (first, 31:03.34), Dominic Arce (fourth, 31:35.02), Bradley Rzewnicki (sixth, 31:42.75) and Sam McCloughan (eighth, 31:57.91), took slots in the top ten of the 10.000-meter race. All four times marked personal bests for the GU athletes.
GU will make its way over to Eastern Washington University to compete in the Pelluer Invitational on April 13.