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Junior Dylan Anthony furnished his first win on Saturday, helping the UAA men's team to a score of 16 at BYU-Hawaii.
Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

XC teams earn victories in Hawaii

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 08/31/2013
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LAIE, Hawaii – The Alaska Anchorage cross country team commenced the 2013 slate with dual victories against BYU-Hawaii with individual wins by senior Susan Tanui and junior Dylan Anthony on Saturday.

The women’s team – ranked No. 7 in the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association national preseason poll – posted a perfect score of 15, easily besting the Seasiders’ 56. On the men’s side, UAA (No. 9) came away with 16 points to BYU-Hawaii’s 57.

The NCAA runner-up a year ago, Tanui started the season where she left off, completing the 5K with a time of eighteen minutes, 14 seconds. Making her UAA debut was sophomore Joyce Kipchumba, a transfer from American International, finishing second at 18:41.

Taking third was junior Bryn Haebe at 18:55, while senior All-American Ivy O’Guinn was fourth at 18:57 and senior Christi Schmitz rounded out the perfect scoring in fifth at 19:02.

In the men’s 5K, Anthony, a 2012 All-American from Kodiak, collected his first collegiate win with a time of 15:22. Junior Isaac Kangogo finished runner-up at 15:29, while freshman Victor Samoei made his cross country debut in third at 15:44.

Another rookie earning his stripes was Michael Mendenhall (Kenmore, Wash.), crossing the line in 16:02. The lone Seasider to crack the top five was Clayton Kearl (16:08), displacing sophomore Andrey Ionashku, who took sixth at 16:14.

The Seawolves will continue their competition in Hawaii with the Chaminade Invitational on Sept. 7.

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