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TRK | Gaels Cut Their Teeth At UW Indoor Invitational

SEATTLE — The Saint Mary’s track team got its first taste of spring competition on Saturday with a little winter action – running at the 2017 UW Invitational at the Dempsey Indoor facility on the campus of the University of Washington.

Haley Dorris (mile) and Abby Bolt (5,000 meters) represented the Saint Mary’s women, while Noah McDermott (5,000) was the lone SMC male to compete at the meet. Saturday’s meet was the lone indoor competition on the Gaels’ schedule. The team will debut in the outdoor season on Feb. 19 at its own West Coast Classic and Invitational in Orinda.

Dorris ran her first mile race since her high school days and still broke the five-minute barrier. Dorris beat four Pac-12 runners in her section on her way to finishing with a time of 4 minutes, 59.79 seconds.

“Haley ran her first mile in years, actually her first track meet in years as she had never raced for USF,” said Saint Mary’s head coach Marty Kinsey. “Very impressive start. She was a top high school runner in the U.S. so to have her back running healthy is a big boost for us. She is very driven and coach Brett (Zorich) is doing a great job setting her up for success this spring.”

Bolt set a new personal record in the 5,000 in 17:19.75. She finished third in her section, topping four other runners from the West Coast Conference.

“Abby ran incredible,” said Kinsey. “She learned a lot about paying attention in an indoor race and knows she could have even ran a bit faster. 17:19 is her new PR and should be under 17 early in the spring season.”

McDermott ran his first 5,000 of the year and finished fourth in his section while dipping under the 15-minutes mark. His time of 14:52.98 was a personal record and would have been top-15 in the fastest heat.

“Noah fought very well and for the first two miles did a good job of moving up and closing in on the leaders,” said Kinsey. “He just barely missed getting on to the train upfront and that may have cost him a few seconds. He fought very well the last mile to show how strong he is. Overall, this was a good rust buster and racing experience for the Gaels.”

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