PALO ALTO & SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Seawolves concluded Day 1 of the prestigious Stanford Invitational with two Great Northwest Athletic Conference records and three Alaska Anchorage records on Friday at Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Besting the GNAC record in the men’s 5,000 meters was junior Micah Chelimo (Kapkoi, Kenya), who won his heat with a time of 13 minutes, 53.51 seconds. Chelimo bested former UAA All-American Marko Cheseto’s conference record of 13:58.85, set in 2010.
Senior Hallidie Wilt, a local of Unalaska, competed in section three of the 3,000-meter steeplechase early in the meet and posted a then-GNAC-record time of 10:31.30, overturning the previous league record of 10:35.32 by Western Washington’s Courtney Olsen (2010).
Wilt’s conference record lasted less than five hours before sophomore Susan Tanui (Eldoret, Kenya) crushed it with a time of 10:15.47 in section two, which was run later in the day. Both times bypassed the automatic time of 10:35.00 needed for qualification to the NCAA Championships that will be held on May 24-26 in Pueblo, Colo.
Collecting her second UAA record was senior All-American Ruth Keino in the women’s 5,000 meters. A local of Kapcheno, Kenya, Keino finished eighth in her heat with a time of 16:34.28. Keino, who holds the school record in the 10,000 meters, had already provisionally qualified for the NCAAs in the 5K and needs to hit 16:20.00 for an automatic bid.
Joining Keino in the 5,000 meters was junior Miriam Kipng’eno with a provisional time of 16:54.43, while senior Alfred Kangogo posted a provisional time of 3:50.02 in the men’s 1500 meters.
Furnishing the third-fastest 100-meter time in program history was freshman Grace Morgan at 12.45, while sophomore Ivy O’Guinn just missed the school record in the 1500 meters with a career-best time of 4:30.83 – also a NCAA provisional time.
At the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, eight Seawolves posted personal-best times, including rookies Dylan Anthony (14:39.58) and Kevin Rooke (14:45.08), who each dropped over 20 seconds on their 5,000-meter times.
The Seawolves will regroup tomorrow for Day 2 of the Stanford Invite.