UAA will send 10 to nationals

Seawolves track and field teams tie school record with number.

Anchorage Daily NewsMay 15, 2012 

UAA will send a school record-tying 10 athletes to the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships later this month in Colorado, and seven of those competitors enter the big meet with previous experience at nationals.

Senior Alfred Kangogo, a two-time All-American in the 1,500 meters, has qualified for the fourth straight season and will run that event at the meet in Pueblo, Colo., on May 24-26.

Making their third trip to nationals will be senior 400-meter hurdler Shaun Ward, a 2009 All-American; junior Micah Chelimo, a two-time All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase who will run both the steeplechase and the 5,000 meters; and junior Ruth Keino, a former 10,000-meter All-American who qualified in that event but will instead focus her energy on the 5,000 meters.

Sophomore 400-meter hurdler Haleigh Lloyd, sophomore 1,500-meter runner Ivy O'Guinn and senior steeplechaser Hallidie Wilt will each be making their second appearances at the NCAAs.

Making their debuts at the NCAAs will be sophomore Susan Tanui, who will run both the steeplechase and the 5,000; freshman javelin thrower Cody Parker and senior heptathlete Kelsea Johnson.

UAA's 10 athletes ties the school's most at the NCAAs, matching the 2009 team. This marks the 11th straight season at least one UAA athlete has made it to nationals and the eighth straight season multiple athletes have qualified under longtime coach Michael Friess.

In the 12 events they are scheduled to contest, the Seawolves have Division II, top-10 times in 11 of those. Leading the way is Chelimo, who ranks third in both the steeplechase, where he owns a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record of 8 minutes, 45.63 seconds, and the 5,000, where he owns the GNAC standard of 13:53.51. Tanui is ranked third in the women's steeplechase with her GNAC-record 10:15.47.

UAA's 10 athletes topped GNAC schools, which qualified 24 athletes for the NCAAs.

The Seawolves' women's team is ranked No. 11 in Division II and the men's squad is ranked No. 17.

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