MISSOULA, Mont. - Kalispell native Troy Fraley made Gonzaga track history just by competing at this week's NCAA outdoor championships but he didn't stop there.
The former Glacier Wolfpack standout finished sixth in his semifinal heat of the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 8:43.08, one spot short of an automatic qualification to finals.
The redshirt-junior was in second place for the majority of the race behind eventual first-place finisher Edwin Kibichiy of Louisville, but Fraley faded back in the back over the final two laps.
However his time was better than any finisher in the first heat and therefore good enough to advance him into Friday's finals, giving Fraley a chance at winning the national championship and/or earning All-American status.
Fraley, who was the first Gonzaga men's athlete to ever compete at NCAA nationals, now becomes the first Bulldogs athlete to ever advance to a national final race.
Friday's steeplechase final is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. MDT and will be broadcast live on ESPN.