XC teams earn victories in Hawaii
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.
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.