Alaska sports digest for May 5

Loan wins the Bike for Women a fifth time

sports@adn.comMay 5, 2013 

BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Tanya Engle and her daughter Caitlyn Engle, 6, near the Bike for Women finish at Chugiak High on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Sheryl Loon was the unofficial winner in a time of 24:01.5, in a event that had 559 finishers.


Sheryl Loan ended Shannon Donley's three-year Bike for Women reign Sunday, beating Donley by 2.4 seconds to win the 13th annual race.

Loan finished the nine-mile bicycle time trial at Chugiak High in 24 minutes, 1.5 seconds, It was her fifth victory in the all-female race and her first since 2007.

Donley, winner of the last three races and six in all, clocked 24:03.9 for second place.

Together Loan and Donley have won 11 of the 13 race titles.

Record-holder Lori Deschamps placed third in 24:53.2, well off her mark of 22:42 recorded in 2009.

Kinsey Loan was nearly a minute behind her mother in fourth place (24:59,.9) and Amber Stull rounded out the top five (25:05.0).

The race, Anchorage's biggest cycling event, boasted 700 entries and 559 finishers.



College track and field

Seawolves impress in California

Dylan Anthony made a splash in his steeplechase debut, Susan Tanui ran to another national-championship berth and the women's sprint relay team broke its own school record to lead the UAA track and field team Saturday at the Occidental Invitational in Eagle Rock, Calif.

Anthony, a sophomore from Kodiak, impressed in his first attempt in the steeplechase, coming close to provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division II national championships.

He finished the 3,000-meter obstacle course in 9 minutes, 22.87 seconds, less than three seconds off the qualifying mark of 9:20.

Tanui met the qualifying mark in the women's 5,000 meters, claiming second place in 16:41.55, seven seconds off the winning pace.

Tanui has qualified for the national championships in three events -- the 10,000, the 5,000 and the steeplechase.

In its final effort before this week's Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships, the women's 400-meter relay team broke its own school record.

The team of Sasha Halfyard, Rosie Smith, Grace Morgan and Haleigh Lloyd placed third in 47.45 seconds, trimming .05 off the school record it set last month.



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