MONMOUTH, ORE. – Caroline Kurgat led the University of Alaska Anchorage on day one of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships winning the 10,000-meters in record fashion Friday.
Teammate Zennah Jepchumba finished fourth in the 10K (38:20.19).
Emma Chelimo ran a personal-best time of 10:49.33 to finish second in the steeplechase and move into fourth all-time in UAA history.
Mariah Burroughs, who was passed in the final meters, finished fifth (11:06.60).
Nickson Koech ran with the leaders until the final lap of the 10,000 meters finishing third (32:12.47).
Kaleb Korta, who ran with the leaders early in the men’s steeplechase, finished sixth with a huge season-best time of 9:13.88.
Chris Brake finished fifth with a leap of 21-11 in the long jump.
UAA had 11 runners advance to the finals on Saturday.
Marie Ries ran a pair of personal-bests to advance to the finals of the 100 and 200. She is the top seed in the 200 after running the fifth fastest time (24.91) in school history. Ries is the fifth seed in the 100 with a time of 12.18, the third-best time ever at UAA.
Alaska Anchorage will have two runners in both the 100 and 200 finals. Darrion Gray is seeded second in the 200 (21.67) and fifth in the 100 after a personal-best time of 10.82. Oshane Hylton is seeded second in the 100 (10.72), and Liam Lindsay is third in the 200 (21.78). Lindsay is also seeded fourth in the 400 (48.87).
The women are currently fifth (28 points) and the men are seventh (13 points) in the team standings after seven events.
The GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships conclude Sunday.