Chelimo, Tanui race to wins at Classic
The No. 5-nationally ranked women's team posted a winning score of 41 over British Columbia (57), while the men's team, ranked No. 7, fell to the University of Victoria, 37-40. The women's win was its third straight, while the men were unable to accomplish the same feat.
The Seawolves, who have been idle from competition for 27 days, led the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in both races with just two weekends away from the league championship meet. Host Western Washington, ranked 11th, finished third on the men's side, while NCAA newcomer Simon Fraser (No. 11) rounded out the podium positions on the women's side.
Leading the women's team for the third race of the season, Tanui (Eldoret, Kenya) posted a time of 21:31 in the 6K race, besting Trinity Western's Alison Jackson (21:42) by eleven seconds. Also scoring for UAA was senior Miriam Kipng'eno (21:59) in fifth, junior Ivy O'Guinn (22:10) in eighth, freshman Sarah Freistone (22:33) in 13th and junior Susan Bick (22:50) in 18th.
A local of Kapkoi, Kenya, Chelimo collected this third straight win with a time of 31:12, outdistancing Paul Limpf (31:17) from Club Northwest in the 10K. Sophomore Dylan Anthony finished in fifth at 31:33, while senior Alfred Kangogo finished seventh at 31:36. Sophomore Isaac Kangogo (31:44) took 14th, while rookie Dominik Notz earned his first points as a Seawolf, finishing 16th at 32:03.
The Seawolves will have next weekend off before looking to defend their titles at GNAC Championships on Oct. 20 in Monmouth, Ore.