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ehk 21
04-04-2011, 08:53 PM
Any word on how Coach Tyson has done with his recruiting for the incoming fall class? I don't live near Spokane, so I really haven't heard anything. What are the thoughts of those of you who follow the program? Is any progress being made toward getting the Bulldog harriers closer to the top of the league? And with BYU entering the league this fall, it just seems like it's going to be even tougher. Anybody with any news or updates?

former1dog
04-05-2011, 08:07 AM
EHK 21,

There isn't any information about incoming recruits publicly available that I have seen.

You should definitely bookmark the cross country and track pages at www.gozags.com as you can get regular updates on results and other news from the team there. Here are those links:

http://www.gozags.com/sports/c-xc/gonz-c-xc-body.html
http://www.gozags.com/sports/c-track/gonz-c-track-body.html

Gonzaga has improved a lot under Tyson. BUT, as I've written in the past, the prospects of team success is a moving target in the WCC. It is very obvious that other teams besides Portland have made a concerted effort to improve also. University of San Francisco in particular has started to field very strong and competitive teams in the last few years. Santa Clara is strong and Loyola Marymount is also strong by WCC standards. Portland has also improved. It goes with out saying that with the addition of BYU, the WCC is going to start to be considered a stronger conference for distance running. BYU could very well beat Portland this coming cross season and end their 30 year streak of conference domination. BYU finished ahead of Portland at nationals last year and they have had some extremely impression performances by individuals during indoor track.

Tyson, it seems, is using a similar "force of personality" approach at Gonzaga like he did at Mead. He's getting a lot of folks participating and the rosters for both the men and the women are quite large for Gonzaga. That said, Tyson still does not have the resources available to him in scholarship dollars to get top end recruits. So I think the improvement of Gonzaga in the conference standings is going to be a long term, sort of "grass roots" type project unless the administration decides to step up and fully fund the program.

If you study the recent results of the team, you'll notice that there is a lot of depth as well as stand out Chris Boyle, who should be rewriting the distance records in track this season. He had a very impressive cross country season last fall with the best finish ever by an individual for the Gonzaga men in the XC West regionals.

One positive development was the recent hiring of a full time assistant named Patty Ley who has a significant and successful track record in high school coaching.

BTW - If you've been involved in the program in the past 20 years or so, it is likely that we're acquainted. You should send me a personal message on this board as I'm curious about that.

ehk 21
04-06-2011, 08:26 AM
Former1dog:

Thank you for the update. I have had no affiliation with the program. I'm just a follower of WCC cross country and used to live in Spokane many years ago. So, I am always interested in what is going on with the GU program.

former1dog
04-06-2011, 08:41 AM
Former1dog:

Thank you for the update. I have had no affiliation with the program. I'm just a follower of WCC cross country and used to live in Spokane many years ago. So, I am always interested in what is going on with the GU program.

Purely out of curiousity, how did you get interested in WCC Cross Country?

I think I shared with you that I was a member of Gonzaga's team in the late 80's and early 90's. We finished second to Portland every season I competed and both my sophomor and junior years we broke up their top 5 with a 2nd for my teammate my sophomore year and 5th and 6th for me and another teammate my junior year. :D I'm pretty proud of that because those were the days when Portland sent their A team to the conference meet. There going to have to start doing that again to beat BYU.

former1dog
06-16-2011, 12:07 PM
A couple of notes.

Chris Boyle set a new 5000m school record this past track season, running 14:33.87. Very impressive!

Also, the schedule for next XC season is out and in a bit of a surprise, Boyle is redshirting the upcoming season.

http://www.gozags.com/sports/c-xc/spec-rel/061311aac.html

Thomas_Sutpen
08-18-2011, 08:33 PM
to start doing that again to beat BYU.

Interesting article about BYU XC in Running Times... looks like BYU will be tough to beat...

http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=23572

a13coach
08-26-2011, 08:45 AM
Interesting article about BYU XC in Running Times... looks like BYU will be tough to beat...

http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=23572

Seems like the WCC agrees with you.

http://www.wccsports.com/sports/c-xc/spec-rel/082411aab.html