Glacier High School graduate Troy Fraley has advanced to Friday’s finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Fraley, a 2013 graduate and redshirt junior at Gonzaga, clocked 8:43.08 and placed sixth in the preliminary round on Wednesday night. The steeplechase final is at 6:54 p.m. Mountain time, Friday.
Fraley is Gonzaga’s first male athlete to compete at the NCAA nationals.
He’s racing along with a few other familiar friends from the Flathead Valley.
Bigfork native Makena Morley, a freshman at the University of Colorado, will race in the women’s 10,000-meter run tonight at 8:08 p.m.
Flathead graduate Zach Perrin, a junior at Colorado, will race in the men’s 5K final at 8:25 p.m., Friday.
Billings sisters Danielle Aragon and Christina Aragon will compete together in the preliminary race of the women’s 1,500-meter run. Danielle is a senior at Notre Dame and Christina is a freshman at Stanford. The prelims are tonight at 5:46 p.m. The finals are Saturday at 4:41 p.m.