Tuckwood runs fifth-fastest 4-K for Zags, teammate Fahrney 8th
Juneau’s Sadie Tuckwood posted her first college victory for the Gonzaga University cross country team at the Clash of the Inland Northwest in Cheney, Washington.
The freshman seized control early and never relinquished it with a wire-to-wire win in a women’s field of 72 runners from surrounding schools.
Tuckwood’s time of 14:15 was the fifth-fastest four-kilometer cross country time in women’s program history, nearly six seconds ahead of second-place finisher Maya Kobylanski of Idaho.
“I was really impressed with Sadie’s run,” said Zags coach Jake Stewart. “She started herself in the lead really early and never really was challenged – great composure.”
Tuckwood was joined in the top 10 by teammate and fellow Alaskan Grace Farney, who finished eighth overall and fourth on the team in 14:51.7.
Together, they helped Gonzaga score a 10-point win over Idaho in the team standings that also featured Eastern Washington, Lewis-Clark, Montana, Whitworth and Whitman.
Tuckwood, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, is a former Gatorade Alaska Cross Country Runner of the Year.
This was her first cross country race in college. She did compete in track last season, running a season best 10:27.03 in the 3-K and a 17:35.84 5-K.
Farney is a sophomore out of Anchorage. In 2019, she was 11th at the Clash of the Inland Northwest in 14:50.
A week later she earned her first top-10 finish as a NCAA D1 runner. And now she has her second with this recent result.