UAA looks to repeat GNAC crowns
WHAT: GNAC Championships
WHEN: Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. ADT
WHERE: Ash Creek Preserve, Monmouth, Ore. (Western Oregon campus)
NOTES: The men's teams will compete in an 8K, while the women's teams will race a 6K ... three-time All-American Micah Chelimo is the defending champion in the men's race and will be seeking his fourth top 10 all-conference finish ... Chelimo (Kapkoi, Kenya) is currently undefeated this season and is one of five returning all-conference performers for UAA ... senior Alfred Kangogo will also be looking for his fourth all-conference honor - a feat that has been accomplished four times in the GNAC and never by a UAA athlete ... also looking for multiple all-conference honors are Jake Parisien, Isaac Kangogo and last year's GNAC Freshman of the Year, Dylan Anthony ... on the women's side, UAA will likely be led by junior Susan Tanui, who is undefeated in three races this season ... Tanui, from Eldoret, Kenya, will be looking for her first GNAC title, while senior Miriam Kipng'eno, who finished third in both the GNAC and NCAA West Regionals last year, will also challenge for the top spot ... the Seawolves will also see junior Ivy O'Guinn in the top positions after finishing fourth a year ago.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The UAA men's and women's cross country teams continue to be ranked in the top 10 nationally in Week 4 of the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association with the women's team and men's squad remaining at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively ... the women's team leads the West Region over Chico State (No. 2) and Simon Fraser (No. 3), while the men's team is No. 2, trailing Chico State and leading No. 3 Western Washington ... the women have been ranked in the top 10 for 37 weeks straight, while the men's team has cracked the top 15 for 24 consecutive weeks ... the next national poll comes out Oct. 17. See complete poll on page 4.
GNAC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: UAA swept the GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week honors for cross country with senior Micah Chelimo and junior Susan Tanui being recognized on Oct. 8 ... the Seawolves received the honors following their performances at the Western Washington Classic Invitational on Oct. 6 ... a local of Kapkoi, Kenya, Chelimo raced to an individual victory in the 10,000 meter race with a time of 31:12, outdistancing Paul Limpf of Club Northwest by five seconds ... the win keeps Chelimo unbeaten on the season and is his eighth career victory ... Tanui, from Eldoret, Kenya, also remained unbeaten individually with the win ... an All-American in track & field, Tanui posted a time of 21:31 in the 6K, helping the Seawolves to the team title ... the honors are Chelimo's and Tanui's second of the season.
2011 GNAC CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP: Led by individual wins by senior Ruth Keino and then-junior Micah Chelimo, the UAA men's and women's cross country teams swept the 11th annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships for the second consecutive year on Oct. 22 ... the two-time defending champion UAA women's squad posted 31 points in the victory over Simon Fraser (76 points) and Western Washington (87), which finished second and third, respectively ... the men's team placed all five scorers in the top 10 for a men's GNAC-record 27 points ... the Seawolves bested WWU (63), Western Oregon (80), Northwest Nazarene (139) and Saint Martin's (151) for their fifth GNAC title and sixth overall ... Keino, from Kapcheno, Kenya, raced to UAA's first individual title ever on the women's side with a time of 21 minutes, 26 seconds in the 6K race ... claiming her third all-conference honor was then-junior Miriam Kipng'eno, who crossed the finish line at 22:12 for third place ... finishing fourth after missing the majority of the season was then-sophomore Ivy O'Guinn at 22:24 ... Chelimo garnered his first individual league title with a time of 24:24 on the 8K course ... Alfred Kangogo picked up his third career all-conference award with a fourth-place finish, clocking in at 25:13, while senior Yonatan Yilma finished sixth at 25:18.
WESTERN WASHINGTON CLASSIC RECAP: UAA's Micah Chelimo and Susan Tanui remained unbeaten on the season with individual wins at the 39th annual Western Washington Classic Invitational on Oct. 6, 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 Seawolves, who had been idle from competition for 27 days, led the GNAC in both races ... 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 ... 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.