BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Alaska Anchorage Seawolves Micah Chelimo
and Susan Tanui remained unbeaten on the season with individual wins at the 39th
annual Western Washington Classic Invitational Saturday as the women's team
took home the title and men came away as runner-up.
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.