Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Zags hire first cross country/track and field head coach

In exciting news today, Gonzaga hired its first ever full-time cross country/track and field head coach. The Zags hired cross country coaching legend Pat Tyson, who has coached at Mead high school in Spokane. Tyson just finished up the spring season as South Eugene high school in Oregon, where he was the head coach of the track and field team.

Tyson's track record in this area working for Mead is incredibly impressive. Between 1986-2004, Mead won 12 Washington state titles in cross country, while many of his runners still hold records in the Washington All-Time top 100 list. Tyson began his running career as a teammate of Steve Prefontaine at the University of Oregon.

It will be fun to follow coach Tyson and his Zag runners, as hopefully the program can emerge and compete with some of the other great programs in the WCC.

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