MONMOUTH, Ore. – Highlighted by a final 1-2-3 finish in the men's 10,000 meters, the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves combined for three individual titles and eight all-conference performances at the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships on Friday at McArthur Field.
After 14 scored events – including the multis from two weeks ago, the UAA men's team leads the league with 66 points, five points ahead of Concordia. On the women's side, the race for the team crown is highly competitive with Central Washington leading, 52-47 over UAA. Concordia and Seattle Pacific are tied for third at 46, while Western Washington is fifth at 45.
The men's team received a huge boost in points following the conclusion of the 10,000 meters when the Seawolves claimed every all-conference position. Junior Edwin Kangogo out leaned senior All-American Dominik Notz, who was the No. 1 seed, at the line for the title. Kangogo, from Eldoret, Kenya, finished at 31:43.65, just .04 faster than Notz. Claiming third was junior Justin Carrancho at 31:47.65, helping UAA to 24 points in the event.
Capturing his first-career GNAC title was senior Tevin Gladden in the high jump. The Fairbanks local furnished a UAA- and meet-record leap of 6-11, bypassing his previous school record of 6-9.75 from last May. The mark, which was claimed on his third attempt, ranks second all-time in the GNAC record book and ties him for ninth in the NCAA standings. Gladden also finished fifth in the long jump at 22-3.5.
Making his GNAC outdoor debut, freshman Kaleb Korta crossed the finish line first in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a season-best time of 9:06.59. Korta, a graduate of Galena High, also improved his provisional NCAA position for Div. II, while grabbing all-conference honors. Freshman Christoph Sander picked up points in 4th (9:15.59).
Meanwhile in the women's steeplechase, the Seawolves gathered two all-conference honors in junior Mariah Burroughs and sophomore Emmah Chelimo. Burroughs, who already qualified provisionally for Nationals, finished runner-up at 10:55.74, while Chelimo took third with a NCAA qualifying time of 11:03.27. Freshman Jordyn Block contributed in eighth (11:34.86).
In the semifinal races, the Seawolves combined for a total of 20 qualifiers for Saturday's finals – seven men, 13 women. Freshman Elena Cano (15.32) qualified in the 100-meter hurdles, while senior Travis Turner qualified in the 110-meter hurdles with the fastest time of the day at 15.14. Later in the evening, both Cano (1:03.55) and Turner (55.16) qualified in the 400-meter hurdles along with sophomore Yvonne Jeschke (1:03.68).
UAA will be sending four athletes to the men's 400-meter finals – Nicholas Taylor (48.63), Adam Commandeur (48.70), Liam Lindsay (49.76) and Daniel Remington (50.06) – while both Vanessa Aniteye (56.13) and Hayley Bezanson (57.63) qualified in the women's race.
The women's team will send three sprinters to the 100-meter finals – freshman Marie Ries (12.30), senior All-American Jamie Ashcroft (12.39), who will look to defend her title, and senior Mary-Kathleen Cross (12.45). The trio also qualified for the finals in the 200 meters, with Cross posting the fastest prelim time of 25.30.
In the 800 meters, sophomore Danielle McCormick was the fastest, clocking in at 2:10.79, while junior Tamara Perez qualified at 2:14.26. Senior Michael Mendenhall qualified in the men's 800 meters at 1:56.10.
The remaining events will start tomorrow at 9 a.m. AST, concluding around 2:30 p.m. AST.