UAA heads to GNACs Multis, Oxy Invite
WHAT: GNAC Multi Championships
WHO: GNAC schools
WHEN: April 29-30
WHERE: Monmouth, Ore. – Western Oregon campus
NOTES: UAA’s Karolin Anders, Haleigh Lloyd and Grace Morgan will compete in the heptathlon, while Cody Thomas will compete in the decathlon at the GNAC Championships ... currently, Thomas enters the championships with the top mark at 6,781, while Anders is third at 4,456 and Lloyd is fourth at 4,637.
WHAT: Occidental Invitational
WHO: Men’s and women’s college, university teams and individuals
WHEN: May 4
WHERE: Eagle Rock, Calif. – Occidental College campus
USTFCCCA RANKING: The UAA women’s team is currently ranked No. 8 in Week 4 of the USTFCCCA Div. II poll, while the men’s squad sits at No. 18 ... the men’s team holds UAA’s highest-ever ranking at No. 3, received on Week 1 of 2010 ... the UAA women’s team has been ranked for 21 consecutive weeks, dating back to the 2011 season, while the men’s team has been in the top 25 for 34 straight weeks ... leading the Div. II field is Saint Augustine’s on the men’s side and Lincoln (Mo.) in the women’s field ... UAA leads the GNAC on both sides.
GNAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: UAA’s Susan Tanui and Cody Parker each received recognition from the GNAC on April 22 as Red Lion Athletes of the Week honorees following their performances ... Tanui, a local of Eldoret, Kenya, furnished the fastest Div. II time in the nation in the 10,000 meters on Thursday for women’s track honors ... Tanui completed the race in a time of 34:19.08 for automatic qualification to the NCAAs in May ... an All-American from Comox, B.C., Parker broke his own GNAC record in the javelin with a toss of 234-4 at the Beach Invitational Saturday, giving him the best through in Div. II this season ... Tanui and Parker join Dylan Anthony, Susan Bick, Franz Burghagen, Grace Morgan and Ivy O’Guinn as other Seawolf recipients this year.
NATION’S BEST: To date, the Seawolves have three athletes who are leading the nation in their respective events ... senior Ruth Keino sits at No. 1 in the 5,000 meters with a UAA-record time of 16:24.67 ... Keino needs to drop just under five seconds from that time for automatic qualification ... sophomore All-American Cody Parker is No. 1 in the javelin after furnishing a GNAC-record toss of 234-4 on April 20 ... UAA newcomer Franz Burghagen is currently No. 2 in the nation with a toss of 230-7 ... junior Susan Tanui is No. 1 in the 10,000 meters with a UAA-record time of 34:19.08, while ranking No. 2 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10:13.40 ... combined, the Seawolves have four automatic NCAA qualifying marks and 16 provisional times (12 women, 4 men).
MT.SAC/BRYAN CLAY/BEACH RECAPS: UAA concluded the weekend in the Los Angeles area with one GNAC record and six school records ... the lone male and GNAC record was set by sophomore All-American Cody Parker in the javelin with a new toss of 234-4 ... on the women’s side, Grace Morgan set a school record in the 200 meters at 24.24, while Ivy O’Guinn broke the 800-meter record with a time of 2:10.60 ... senior Ruth Keino improved her own 5,000-meter record at 16:20.87, while junior Susan Tanui set the 10,000-meter record at 34:19.08 ... tying the high jump record was freshman Karolin Anders with a leap of 5-4.5.