KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Wesley Kirui and Edwin Kangogo of Alaska Anchorage each earned All-American honors in the steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships Friday.

Kirui placed third in a time of 8:56.33, and Kangogo was fourth in 8:57.86.

Kangogo handled the early pacing duties bringing the field through the first mile. A small group, that included Kirui, distanced its self from the pack with four laps remaining. Leaky Kipkosgei attacked with 800 meters remaining with Kirui following. Kirui was within striking distance of Kipkosgei over the final water jump, but was passed on the home stretch and finished third.

“Today was another good day for the Seawolves,” said head coach Michael Friess. “Wesley not only returned from injury, but qualified and then finished third nationally is amazing. I am so proud of Edwin and fourth place All-American finish, which coincidentally happens to be his fourth All-American honor.”

Danielle McCormick ran a smart race to finish second in her heat of the 800 (2:09.40) and qualified for Saturday’s final as the fifth seed.

Ruth Cvancara finished fourth (2:15.24) in the same heat as McCormick but did not advance based on time.

The women’s 4x400 relay finished fourth in their heat and earned the final qualifying spot for Saturday’s final with a time of 3:45.09.

“Dani ran a strong heat to qualify for the finals and the women’s 4x400 stepped up big to also qualify,” said Friess.

In addition to the women’s 800 and 4x400 finals, the Seawolves will have Chrisalyn Johnson competing in the triple jump, and Caroline Kurgat will look to defend her national title in the 5,000.

The UAA men are currently tied for sixth place with 11 points after eight of 21 events completed. The women are tied for seventh with 10 points after seven of 21 events completed.