Alaska sports digest for March 29

sports@adn.comMarch 29, 2013 


Tanui breaks record

Led by a record-breaking 3,000-meter steeplechase run by senior Susan Tanui, the UAA track and field team posted six NCAA qualifying marks Friday at the Stanford Invitational and San Francisco State Distance Carnival in California.

Tanui broke her own Great Northwest Athletic Conference record in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a automatic NCAA qualifying time of 10 minutes, 13.4 seconds. She broke her old record, set on the same track a year ago, by more than two seconds. Tanui finished fourth in the race behind two Division I athletes and the reigning Division II 3,000-meter indoor champion Alicia Nelson of Adams State.

Joining Tanui with automatic qualifying marks were UAA javelin throwers Franz Burghagen and Cody Parker. Burghagen, a freshman, won the men's javelin with a toss of 227 feet, 1 inch and the sophomore Parker finished second at 220-9. Burghagen and Parker are the only men's Division II athletes who own automatic qualifying marks in the javelin.

UAA's Ivy O'Guinn improved her provisionally qualified time in the women's 1,500 meter run, clocking 4:27.53. In the same event, UAA's Susan Bick posted another provisional qualifying time at 4:33.78.

UAA's Dylan Anthony recorded a Division II-best 29:53.28 in the men's 10,000 meters, improving upon his provisional qualifying mark.


Colony 2, West Valley 1

A three-header goal highlighted a 2-1 win for the Colony boys soccer team Friday at The Dome against West Valley.

Chris Olsen's head was the third to redirect a corner kick into the net to give Colony a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute. Andrew Knowles earned an assist on the rare play, his head being the second to touch the ball. Colony's Harrison Menard opened scoring in the 46th minute on an assist from Austin Richardson.

Colony goalie Greyson Grediagin made eight saves, losing his bid for a shutout on West Valley's goal in the 72nd minute.


National title for Khadjinova

Anchorage's Rada Khadjinova finished first overall last week in the Phillips 66 Masters National Championship in Big Sky, Mont.

Khadjinova, a regular competitor in masters races at Alyeska Ski Resort, notched second-place finishes in Super Giant Slalom and Giant Slalom events and was third in slalom race. The trio of top-three finishes was good enough to earn the overall title in accordance with the International Ski Federation point system.  

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