'Wolves post two Div. II-leading times
Senior All-American Susan Tanui capped the evening with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 10:13.40 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, topping her own Great Northwest Athletic Conference record -- set one year ago on the same track -- by more than two seconds. The Kenyan was the fourth collegiate finisher behind a pair of Div. I athletes and reigning Div. II 3,000-meter indoor champion Alicia Nelson of Adams State.
Meanwhile, the Seawolves’ javelin duo of freshman Franz Burghagen and sophomore All-American Cody Parker went 1-2 in the event, respectively, against Div. I opponents at Stanford with automatic marks. Burghagen, from Berlin, Germany, won the event with a toss of 227-1, while Parker (Comox, B.C.) furnished a runner-up toss of 220-9. The two Seawolves are the only men in Div. II with automatic tosses and would each rank in the top 15 in Div. I.
Improving her provisional time in the 1500 meters at Stanford was Soldotna product Ivy O’Guinn. A two-time All-American, O’Quinn currently leads Div. II with a time of 4:27.53. O’Guinn is the lone Div. II athlete to break the 4:30 barrier, with Cal St. Stanislaus’ Marina Ghabbour as her nearest competition at 4:30.36. She needs to hit 4:23 for automatic qualification to the NCAAs.
At the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, O’Guinn’s classmate Susan Bick (Bartlett HS) also ran in the 1500 meters, posting a PNQ of 4:33.78, while freshman Jessica Pahkala (Wasilla HS) recorded a season-best time of 4:38.33.
In the men’s 10,000 meters, sophomore Dylan Anthony, from Kodiak, improved upon his PNQ with a Div. II-leading time of 29:53.28.
Action continues tomorrow with Bick (800m) and Grace Morgan (200m) competing at the Stanford Invite.