'Wolves garner three All-America honors
PUEBLO, Colo. - Alaska Anchorage senior Kelsea Johnson and juniors Micah Chelimo and Susan Tanui each furnished All-America honors at the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl on Friday
Chelimo and Tanui each picked up runner-up performances in the 3,000-meter steeplechase races, while Johnson concluded her collegiate career in style, storming back on Day 2 of the heptathlon to finish seventh.
Following two days of competition, the UAA women's team is in eighth place with 10 points - the most ever scored in program history. On the men's side, Chelimo's eight points ranks the Seawolves 11th. Grand Valley State leads the women's field with 56 points, while Western State leads the men with 38.
Tanui, from Eldoret, Kenya, became UAA's highest-placing Seawolf woman by virtue of her runner-up result. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference record holder in the event, she posted a time of 10:28.26, less than five seconds behind the winner, Betsy Graney of Grand Valley State.
Not to be outdone by Tanui, Chelimo (Kapkoi, Kenya) raced to second in the men's steeplechase with a time of 9:02.75, two and a half seconds slower than UAA's Bryn Haebe's brother, Ryan Haebe (9:00.25), of Western State. The All-America honor was Chelimo's third straight in the event, becoming the first Seawolf to post three consecutive All-America awards in the same race.
A local of
Sitka, Johnson used personal bests in the javelin and 800 meters to finish
seventh overall with 4,927 points. Johnson, who was 14th after four events on
Day 1, ended just 13 points behind her school record of 4,940.
The GNAC runner-up started the day with a leap of 17-10.25 in the long jump before improving her career best in the javelin by almost two feet at 117-6, good for fourth overall. Johnson sat 10th after six events before using a time of 2:21.81 to finish third in the 800 meters and vault into seventh place in the final standings. The top eight finishers receive All-America status.
Thursday, Johnson registered personal bests in the 100-meter hurdles (14.95)
and 200 meters (25.85). UAA's first heptathlete to make the NCAAs, she also
posted marks of 5 feet, 0.5 inches in the high jump and 32-11.25 in the shot
Sophomores Ivy O'Guinn (1,500m) and Haleigh Lloyd (400mH) and senior Ruth Keino (5,000m) will join Tanui (5,000m) for finals on Saturday, while freshman Cody Parker (javelin), senior Alfred Kangogo (1500m) and Chelimo (5,000m) will also compete in the finals in the final day of the championships.