MONMOUTH, Ore. – Alaska Anchorage senior David Registe and sophomore Micah Chelimo claimed individual league titles on the opening day of the 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Track & Field Outdoor Championships at McArthus Field.
Following six-scored events, the UAA men’s track & field team is fourth with 26 points, while the women’s squad is sixth with 14 points. Central Washington leads the men’s field with 73 points and the Seattle Pacific Falcons top the women’s teams with 80.5 points.
Registe, a Palmer native, lept to victory with a jump of 24 feet, 6.25 inches, besting the nearest competitor by almost two feet. The long jump title was Registe’s third of his career after winning the event in 2007 and 2008. Registe, who holds the second-best long jump in Div. II this season, led the prelims in both the 100 meters (10.78) and the 200 meters (21.93) and will aim for the titles in the finals on Saturday.
Chelimo, from Kapkoi, Kenya, defended his title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a winning-time of 9:03.22, easily cruising to victory by almost 10 seconds. Chelimo is the first Seawolf in the program to earn two GNAC titles in the steeplechase. Chelimo, who has already qualified automatically in the event for the NCAAs, will also compete in the 5,000 meters on Saturday.
In the prelims, senior Ardrienna Everett and freshman Haleigh Lloyd both qualified for the finals in the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. The hurdling duo took first and second, respectively, in the 400mH, with Everett posting a time of 1:02.60 and Lloyd clocking in at 1:02.92. Everett finished second in the prelims of the 100mH with a career-best time of 14.58, while Lloyd (14.71) was sixth.
In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, junior Shaun Ward posted a prelim win with a time of 53.04, while classmate Alfred Kangogo won the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.12. Also qualifying for the 800m finals on the women’s side was freshmen Susan Bick (2nd, 2:11.30) and Ivy O’Guinn (4th), who posted a personal-best time of 2:11.74.
Also qualifying for the 100 meter finals on Saturday was sophomore A.J. Allen with a time of 11.21.
In other event finals, senior Emma Bohman (Palmer) finished runner-up in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the finish line at 11:14.17, for eight points. Finishing fourth in the women’s 10K was junior Shoshana Keegan (37:03.19), while sophomore Katie Krehlik was sixth with a time of 38:31.56. Freshman Dianne Chong chipped in with a seventh-place showing in the long jump with a leap of 17-4.75.
On the men’s side, freshman Gabe Holland finished fifth in the discus throw with a toss of 155-4, while junior Yonatan Yilma was seventh in the 10K at 32:34.27.
Saturday’s final day of events begins at 9:45 a.m. ADT with the women’s hammer, followed by the first race at 11:30 a.m. ADT.