MONMOUTH, Ore. - Individual titles by senior Ruth Keino and
sophomore Susan Tanui helped put the No. 12 Alaska Anchorage women's team in
contention for team glory following the opening day of the 2012 Great Northwest
Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday at
Following seven-scored events, the UAA women's squad is
second with 61 points. Seattle Pacific leads the field
with 64 points, while Western Washington is third with 53 points. On the men's
side, the No. 15 Seawolves have 17 points. At the completion of six preliminary events,
10 Seawolves qualified for the finals on Saturday.
A local of Eldoret, Kenya, Tanui collected 10 points for the
Seawolves with a winning-time of 10:24.44 in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.
The current GNAC-record holder in the event, Tanui bested teammate Hallidie
Wilt (10:47.41), who finished runner-up. Tanui's time was also a meet record.
Also earning points for UAA in the steeplechase were junior
Katie Krehlik (11:29.35) and freshman Bryn Haebe (11:31.84), who finished
seventh and eighth, respectively.
The women's team dominated in the 10,000 meters, taking 23
points on the heels of Keino's winning performance. From Kapcheno, Kenya, Keino
cruised to victory with a time of 36:37.97 over junior Miriam Kipng'eno
(36:44.96), who finished second. Also earning the Seawolves points were
freshman Jaymi Bethea (5th, 38:05) and senior Shoshana Keegan (8th,
In the men's steeplechase, All-American Micah Chelimo
(8:47.33) was unable to capture his third straigh title, finishing second by
just .07 seconds. Simon Fraser's Ryan Brockerville (8:47.26), the 2011 NAIA Champion, edged Chelimo, the
current GNAC-record holder, at the finish line for the title.
Freshman Grace Morgan didn't hold back in the prelims today,
breaking both the 100 meters (12.09) and 200 meters (24.47) records for the
Seawolves. A local of Salt Spring Island, B.C., Morgan dropped an amazing .25
seconds of her previous 100-meter record of 12.34, set in April, before
breaking Mary Pearce's five-year old 200-meter record by .08 seconds. Both
times rank second in the GNAC history book.
Qualifying for three events tomorrow was sophomore Haleigh
Lloyd. A local of Ladysmith, B.C., Lloyd finished first in the prelims in both
hurdle events, while registering a UAA record and NCAA provisional time in the 100-meter
hurdles at 14.31 - fourth best in GNAC history. Lloyd also posted the fastest
400-meter hurdle time at 1:02.23 and qualified in the 400 meters (56.78).
Break her UAA record in the women's long jump was senior Kelsea Johnson. A local of Sitka, Johnson posted a leap of 18-7 3/4, good for second place. Johnson also qualified for the finals of the 400 meters.
Collecting points for the men's team in the 10K was freshman
Dylan Anthony (31:23.13), senior Yonatan Yilma (31:31.81) and junior Jake
Also qualifying for the finals on the men's team were senior
Shaun Ward (400mH), juniors A.J. Allen (100m) and Ethan Hewitt (400m), and
freshmen Isaac Kangogo (800m) and Nicholas Blackburn (400mH). Qualifying on the
women's side were sophomores Ivy O'Guinn
(800m) and Susan Bick (800m).
The championships will conclude tomorrow with field events
commencing at 8:30 a.m. ADT and running events starting at 10 a.m. ADT.
Men's Team Scores (7 Events) - Western
Washington 67, Central Washington 60 1/2, Northwest Nazarene 36,
Western Oregon 30 1/2, Saint Martins 21, Seattle Pacific 18, Alaska
17, Simon Fraser 10, MSU Billings 3.
Women's Team Scores (7 Events) - Seattle
Pacific 64, Alaska Anchorage 61, Western Washington 53, Central
Washington 24, Western Oregon 20, Northwest Nazarene 20, Simon Fraser
19, MSU Billings 9.