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Cody Parker topped a field of 35 competitors in the javelin Saturday in Southern California.
Courtesy: Kelley L. Cox

Parker improves GNAC javelin mark

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 04/20/2013
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CERRITOS, Calif. (Apr. 20) – Sophomore Cody Parker broke his own school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference javelin record Saturday to highlight the Alaska Anchorage outdoor track & field teams’ competition at the Beach Invitational.

Parker’s toss of 234 feet, 4 inches (71.43 meters) topped the 35-competitor field and surpassed teammate Franz Burghagen for the No. 1 mark in NCAA Div. II this season. Parker had previously ranked fourth as both Seawolf javelin standouts had already attained automatic qualifying standards for the national meet. The Comox, British Columbia, native uncorked his winning throw on his fifth attempt.

Meanwhile, the Seawolves’ men were led on the track by sophomore Isaac Kangogo, who raced to a UAA season-best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3 minutes, 50.65 seconds in the 1500 meters. The Eldoret, Kenya, native placed sixth among college racers and was the top D-II performer in Saturday’s field.

On the women’s side, sophomore sprinter Grace Morgan set personal records in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, finishing in 12.12 seconds and 24.24 seconds, respectively. Another B.C. product, Morgan shaved one-tenth of a second off her school-record time of 24.34 from Friday, improving her NCAA Div. II provisional status. Her 100-meter time is now just 0.08 shy of joining the provisional field.

Junior Ivy O’Guinn – fresh off a school record in the 800 on Friday – blazed to a 4:26.64 time in Saturday’s 1500-meter race, improving her NCAA provisional status by nearly one second. The Soldotna (Skyview HS) product entered the weekend ranked No. 4 in Div. II.

Other top showings Saturday included a PR and UAA season-best time of 15.23 for Cody Thomas in the 110-meter high hurdles, a PR of 10.93 seconds for A.J. Allen in the men’s 100-meter dash, and a time of 1:00.80 for junior Haleigh Lloyd in the women’s 400-meter hurdles.

The Seawolves return to Southern California in two weeks for their final regular-season action at the Occidental Invitational, May 4 at Eagle Rock, Calif.

BEACH INVITATIONAL RESULTS


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