Chelimo sets GNAC record in 10K at Stanford
STANFORD/SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The nationally ranked Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s track & field team’s day in the Bay Area was highlighted by senior Micah Chelimo’s record-breaking time in the 10,000 meters, Friday evening at the Cobb Track at Angell Field.
Additionally, junior Franz Burghagen improved his automatic NCAA qualifying toss in the men’s javelin. Throughout the two meets – Stanford Invite and San Francisco State Distance Carnival – the Seawolves claimed one Great Northwest Athletic Conference record and seven season-best marks.
Chelimo (Kapkoi, Kenya), who missed last weekend’s competition in Oregon to work on his 10K training, bested the previous GNAC time of 29:08.28, set by former Seawolf Marko Cheseto in 2009, with a new time of 28:37.75. Overall, Chelimo finished third in the highly Div. I field to a BYU pair. Currently, Chelimo is the only Div. II athlete to break the 29-minute barrier this season and will be headed to Nationals in Allendale, Mich.
Burghagen, who has already punched his ticket the NCAAs in May, registered a toss of 229-3, winning the event. The Berlin, Germany, native currently has the second-best toss in Div. II.
Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, freshman Jamie Ashcroft qualified for the 100-meter finals on Saturday with a time of 12.19, while senior Ivy O’Guinn set a season-best time in the 1500 meters at 4:31.57.
At the Distance Carnival, four athletes set season best times – sophomore Dominik Notz (5K, 14:42.46), Alexia Blalock in the long jump (16-8) and triple jump (37-3.75), and Michael Mendenhall (3:56.86) and Philip Messina (4:03.21) in the 1500 meters.
The Seawolves continue tomorrow with a three athletes still competing at Stanford and the rest at the Distance Carnival.