Women are GNAC champs, men 4th
The women’s team set UAA history with a 169-146 win, dethroning three-time defending team champion Seattle Pacific, while Western Washington took third at 118. On the men’s side, WWU collected the team title with 183.5 points, while Central Washington (141) was runner-up and Western Oregon (137) took third over UAA (129).
The lady Seawolves, who also won the indoor championships in February, were paced by five individual champions on Saturday for a combined seven altogether. Highlighting Saturday’s performance was sophomore Grace Morgan. The Salt Spring Island, B.C., native successfully defended both of her conference crowns in the 100 meters (12.12) and 200 meters (24.44). Morgan set the meet and field records in the 200 meters at 24.30 on Friday in the prelims.
Collecting her second title of the championships was senior Ruth Keino in the 5,000 meters. After winning the 10,000 meters on Friday with a meet-record time of 36:02.00, Keino captured the 5K with a winning-time of 17:35.97. Keino, from Kapcheno, Kenya, edged teammates Susan Tanui (2nd, 17:37.08) - who won the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday - and Ivy O’Guinn (3rd, 17:41.43) for the title.
O’Guinn’s third-place finish in the 5K was her third one of the day, also finishing third in the 800 meters (2:10.47) and 1500 meters (4:28.71). A local of Soldotna, O’Guinn set the UAA record in the prelims of the 800 meters on Friday at 2:09.34.
Also registering a win for the Seawolves was junior Haleigh Lloyd. Lloyd, from Ladysmith, B.C., furnished the meet record in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:01.21, while taking third in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.63.
UAA’s final win on the women’s side came from freshman Karolin Anders (Berlin, Germnay). Anders, who took second in the multi championships on April 30, won the high jump with a UAA-record leap of 5-5.75.
The Seawolves’ 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays also finished third.
On the men’s side, UAA received two individual titles on Saturday, for a combined four. Joining senior Yonatan Yilma (10K) and newcomer Cody Thomas (decathlon) were sophomore Elliott Bauer and freshman Franz Burghagen with their first league crowns. Bauer won the 400-meter hurdles at 54.06, while Burghagen won the javelin with a meet-record toss of 228-0.
Other top-three performances went to Cody Parker (2nd, javelin), Isaac Kangogo (2nd, 1500m), Dylan Anthony (3rd, 5K) and Travis Wilson (3rd, 400mH).
Prior to this weekend, the highest the women’s team had finished was runner-up in 2012 after finishing sixth for two seasons. The men’s team’s current best is second, registered in 2008.
Up next for the Seawolves, qualified individuals will have a weekend off to prepare for the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, May 23-25 in Pueblo, Colo.
2013 GNAC Outdoor Championships
Men’s Team Scores – Western Washington 183 1/2 , Central Washington 141, Western Oregon 137, Alaska Anchorage 129, Northwest Nazarene 63, Saint Martin’s 56, Simon Fraser 33 ½, MSU Billings 33, Seattle Pacific 26. Outstanding Performer – Rimar Christie, Northwest Nazarene.
Women’s Team Scores - Alaska Anchorage 169, Seattle Pacific 146, Western Washington 118, Northwest Nazarene 95 ½, Western Oregon 80, Simon Fraser 73, Central Washington 65 ½, MSU Billings 21, Saint Martin’s 10. Outstanding Performer – Ali Worthen, Seattle Pacific.