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Gonzaga’s Troy Fraley places seventh in steeplechase to earn All-America honors

From staff and wire reports

Gonzaga’s Troy Fraley placed seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase national final at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene.

Fraley finished at 8:35.38 at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. That time breaks his own school record, previously 8:39.30 ran at the prestigious Payton Jordan Invitational. T

The redshirt junior’s finish made the first track All-American in Gonzaga history. The top eight finishers from the race received All-American honors.

Fraley spent most of the race in the middle of the pack, before joining in on very quick final lap. Louisville’s Edwin Kibichiy eased to the national title with a time of 8:28.40, the fastest collegiate time this season.

Colorado’s John Dressel (Mt. Spokane) was one of three Buffaloes to place in men’s 5,000-meter run, finishing eighth in 14:38.03 to earn All-America honors.

Washington State’s Alissa Brooks-Johnson, a two-time Pac-12 champion, is in 12th place after the first four events of women’s heptathlon.

Brooks-Johnson, a redshirt junior, completed the day with a score of 3,251 points, 492 points behind first-day leader Georgia’s Kendell Williams’ 3,743 points, and only 59 points behind the last scoring position of eighth place.

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