WALNUT, Calif. - Junior Micah Chelimo set a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, while sophomore Ivy O'Guinn broke the Alaska Anchorage record in the 1500 meters at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday.
In addition to league and school records, Chelimo and junior Ruth Keino each qualified automatically for the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Championships that will be held in Pueblo, Colo., on May 24-26.
Chelimo, from Kapkoi, Kenya, broke his own league record of 8:49.31 from April 2010 with a new time of 8:45.63, good for second place in his steeplechase heat. Chelimo had already booked a ticket to the NCAAs after setting the GNAC record in the 5,000 meters on April 6 at the Stanford Invitational.
Breaking the UAA record in the women's 1500 meters was O'Guinn, a local of Soldotna. O'Guinn crossed the finish line at 4:28.26, besting the previous record of 4:30.36 by UAA's Miriam Kipng'eno. The time provisionally qualifies O'Guinn for the NCAAs.
Competing in the elite heat of the women's 10,000 meters, Keino finished 12th with an automatic time of 34:48.64, bypassing the required time of 34:58.20. Keino, from Kapcheno, Kenya, holds the UAA record in the event at 34:30.53.
Also racing Thursday were senior All-American Alfred Kangogo in the 1500 meters and senior Shoshana Keegan in the 10,000. Kangogo logged in a time of 3:50.64, while Keegan finished her race in a time of 37:56.05.
The Seawolves return to action Friday with student-athletes competing at the Bryan Clay Invitational, as well as the Mt. SAC Relays.