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 Jessica Pahkala

2015: Competed in every race, including third consecutive year at NCAA Championships … scored in 92nd position with 6K time of 22:10.40, helping UAA to 8th-place national finish … tallied points at West Regionals with 94th-place showing, covering 6K in 23:02.12 … member of Seawolf team that earned its sixth GNAC championship, finishing 6K in 23:05.5 (32nd place) … contributed points to UAA’s 5K victories in Hawaii … crossed line in 19:28.63 at Hawaii Big Wave Invite (11th place) and season-best performance of 19:08.7 at Hawaii Pacific Invite (4th place) … member of third career GNAC All-Academic Team.

2014: Multi-sport athlete who competed in all seven races … competed at NCAA Championships for second straight year, finishing 121st … ran 5,780-meter time of 23:05.6 at NCAAs, earning points for UAA’s 8th-place finish … propelled team to 3rd place at West Regionals on Nov. 22 and 2nd place at GNAC Championships on Nov.1, running 6K courses in 23:11.3 (65th place) and 22:06.3 (30th place), respectively … earned identical 4th-place finishes at Hawaii Big Wave Invite on Sept. 6 and UAA Invite on Sept. 11 … helped UAA earn victory at Hawaii-Hilo Invite and Hawaii Big Wave Invite … member of GNAC All-Academic Team for second year.

2013: Made NCAA debut on Nov. 23 in Spokane, Wash., finishing 128th and helping the Seawolves to a program-best 4th-place team finish … completed the 6K race at the NCAAs in a time of 22:52 … helped the Seawolves to the team titles at the NCAA West Regional Championships and at the GNAC Championships by finishing 48th and 12th, respectively … finished eighth at both the BYU-Hawaii Invite and at the Chaminade Invite … also finished 21st at the Willamette Invite against mostly Div. I runners … one of eight Seawolves named to the GNAC All-Academic Team.

2012: Competed in four races for the Seawolves during rookie season … posted a season-high 23rd-place finish at the Hawaii Big Wave Invite on Sept. 8 after finishing 28th at the Hawaii Pacific Invite on Sept. 1 … finished 34th at the GNAC Championships as the Seawolves captured their fourth straight league title.

A Wasilla High standout who competed at the cross country State meet during junior and senior seasons ... holds personal bests of 1:00.94 in the 400 meters, 2:19.48 in the 800 meters and 5:13.74 in the 1600 meters – all set during senior season ... member of Wasilla’s 4x800-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay team that won State ... helped Wasilla to two State championships in cross country and track & field.

MAJOR: Justice.


Season-by-Season Results

Hawaii Big Wave Invite      11th       

Hawaii Pacific Invite       4th
WWU Classic Invite          55th
GNAC Championships          32nd
NCAA West Region            94th
NCAA Championships          92nd

Hawaii-Hilo Invite          8th       

Hawaii Big Wave Invite      4th
UAA Invite                  4th
WWU Classic Invite          46th
GNAC Championships          30th
NCAA West Region            65th
NCAA Championships          121st

BYU-Hawaii Invite           8th 

Chaminade Invite            8th
Willamette Invite           21st
GNAC Championships          12th
NCAA West Region            48th
NCAA Championships          128th

Hawaii Pacific Invite       28th

Hawaii Big Wave Invite      23rd
Western Classic Invite      46th
GNAC Championships          34th


Position: Women
Year: Junior
Hometown: Wasilla, Alaska
High School: Wasilla HS
Major: Justice
Experience: 2 Letters
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