BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The No. 8 nationally ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s cross country team claimed its third consecutive Great Northwest Conference title, led by senior All-American Caroline Kurgat’s individual title Saturday morning at Lake Padden Park in Bellingham, Wash.

The No. 17 men’s squad finished runner-up and were powered by runner-up Edwin Kangogo and third-place GNAC Men’s Freshman of the Year Felix Kemboi.

Kurgat cruised to her second consecutive GNAC individual title and earned GNAC Women’s Runner of the Year accolades. She covered the 6-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 49.42 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of runner-up Mary Charleson of Seattle Pacific (21:45.99). Kurgat bettered her GNAC time of 21:17.1 from 2016.

All five of UAA’s scorers finished in the top 10 to secure All-GNAC status. Juniors Zennah Jepchumba (4th, 21:53.66) and Danielle McCormick of Soldotna (5th, 22:06.72) each landed in the top 5. Sophomore Emmah Chelimo was named GNAC Women’s Newcomer of the Year with an 8th-place finish of 22:11.26. Rounding out the top 10 was junior Kimberly Coscia (10th, 22:12.28).

Seniors Mariah Burroughs of Wasilla (12th, 22:17.28) and Tamara Perez (15th, 22:30.22) of Hendaye, France finished closely behind the pack of Seawolves.

UAA bested No. 5 Simon Fraser 28-65 to win its third straight consecutive title and eighth title in the last nine seasons. Western Washington (3rd, 87 pts), Seattle Pacific (4th, 93 pts) and Central Washington (5th, 163 pts) completed the top 5.

On the men’s side, senior All-American Edwin Kangogo and freshman Felix Kemboi led the way with their own All-GNAC performances. Kangogo (2nd, 25:03.63, 8K) finished behind Western Oregon’s David Ribich (1st, 24:54.82). Kemboi was named GNAC Men’s Freshman of the Year behind a 3rd-place finish and 8K time of 25:18.59.

Senior Nathan Kipchumba (12th, 25:51.52), junior Jorge Sanchez (23rd, 26:11.93) and senior Justin Carrancho (24th, 26:18.25) each cracked the top 25 for the Green & Gold. Sanchez became the GNAC Men’s Newcomer of the Year as well.

No. 13 Western Oregon edged No. 17 Alaska Anchorage for the team title, 51-64. WOU ended UAA’s impressive streak of seven straight conference crowns. Simon Fraser finished 3rd (70 pts) and No. 23 Western Washington came in 4th (76 pts).

The UAA men’s and women’s cross country teams compete again on Nov. 4 at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Monmouth, Ore. The men have won three previous West Region crowns, while the women have captured four titles.

UAA RESULTS

Women - 6K

#     Name                        Time
1     Caroline Kurgat             20:49.42   
4     Zennah Jepchumba            21:53.66  
5     Danielle McCormick          22:06.72   
8     Emmah Chelimo               22:11.26
10    Kimberly Coscia             22:12.28
12    Mariah Burroughs            22:17.28
15    Tamara Perez                22:30.22  
36    Michaela Keller-Miller      23:32.61
38    Riley Burroughs             23:34.96
50    Jordyn Block                24:00.44
92    Finishers

#     School                      Pts
1     Alaska Anchorage            28
2     Simon Fraser                65
3     Western Washington          87
4     Seattle Pacific             93
5     Central Washington          163
6     Western Oregon              190
7     Alaska Fairbanks            219
8     Northwest Nazarene          236
9     Concordia                   240
10    Saint Martin’s              255
11    MSU-Billings                301

Men - 8K

#     Name                        Time
2     Edwin Kangogo               25:03.63
3     Felix Kemboi                25:18.59
12    Nathan Kipchumba            25:51.52
23    Jorge Sanchez               26:11.93
24    Justin Carrancho            26:18.25
30    Nickson Koech               26:36.26
45    Kaleb Korta                 26:54.91
65    Taylor Turney               27:25.31
95    Finishers

#     School                      Pts
1     Western Oregon              51
2     Alaska Anchorage            64
3     Simon Fraser                70
4     Western Washington          76
5     Northwest Nazarene          160
6     Central Washington          161
7     MSU-Billings                187
8     Seattle Pacific             224
9     Alaska Fairbanks            235
10    Concordia                   242
11    Saint Martin’s              331