UAA's Tanui second in nation in steeplechase

sports@adn.comMay 24, 2013 

Susan Tanui produced and starred in Bridesmaid Part III Friday for the UAA track and field team.

For the third time in a year, Tanui raced to runnerup honors at an NCAA Division II championship event. This time she grabbed second place in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the track and field national championships in Pueblo, Colo.

Tanui, a junior from Kenya, also placed second in the steeplechase at last season's national championships and was second in October's cross country national championships. Those are the highest finishes by a UAA woman in either sport.

Tanui on Friday finished second to Adam State's Alicia Nelson, who triumphed in 10 minutes, 26.95. Tanui won a close battle for second place in 10:38.36, taking a .17-second edge over third-place Jennifer Agnew of the University of Mary.

With the finish, Tanui earned All-America honors for the sixth time in her two years with the Seawolves. She was a two-time All-American at last year's outdoor championships, an All-American at last fall's cross country championships and a two-time All-American at this year's indoor championships.

Tanui was one of two UAA athletes who earned All-America honors Friday in Pueblo, bringing the team's total to three this week and 34 all-time.

Karolin Anders, a freshman from Germany, used a strong second-day effort to vault to fifth place in the women's heptathlon for the Seawolves.

Anders moved from ninth place Thursday to fifth place Friday in the eight-event heptathlon. She posted a personal-best in the final event, clocking a 2:25.9 in the 800 meters, to nail down fifth place in the final standings with 5,000 points. Seattle Pacific's Ali Worthen won with 5,340 points.

Already an All-American in the pentathlon -- the multi-sport event for women during the indoor season -- Anders is UAA's second All-American in the heptathlon, joining Sitka's Kelsea Johnson, who in 2012 became the first.

The 2012 national championships was a huge meet for the Seawolves, who produced a school-record 10 All-Americans. Since 2006, UAA athletes have turned in 34 top-eight performances at the national meet.

The Seawolves have three so far this week -- Tanui, Anders and Ruth Keino, who captured third place in Thursday's 10,000 meters.

In other action Friday, sophomore Cody Thomas finished 13th in the men's decathlon with 6,373 points, and Ivy O'Guinn and Susan Bick failed to advance out of the 800-meter preliminaries, finishing 12th and 17th, respectively.

Five UAA athletes will be in action Saturday, four of whom are previous All-Americans in their respective events -- Tanui and Ruth Keino in the 5,000 meters, O'Guinn in the 1,500 and Cody Parker in the men's javelin. Franz Burghhagen will also compete in the javelin for the Seawolves.



Fast company

Since 2006, UAA track and field athletes have racked up 34 All-America finishes at the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships


Karolin Anders (heptathlon)
Ruth Keino (10,000)
Susan Tanui (3,000 steeplechase)


Micah Chelimo (5,000, 3,000 steeplechase)
Susan Tanui (3,000 steeplechase, 5,000)
Kelsea Johnson (heptathlon)
Haleigh Lloyd (400 hurdles)
Alfred Kangogo (1,500)
Ruth Keino (5,000)
Ivy O'Guinn (1,500)
Cody Parker (javelin)


Susan Bick (800)
Micah Chelimo (3,000 steeplechase)
Alfred Kangogo (1,500)
Ruth Keino (10,000)
David Registe (long jump)


Marko Cheseto (5,000, 10,000)
Micah Chelimo (3,000 steeplechase)
Alfred Kangogo (1,500)
Demietrius Preston (long jump)

Marko Cheseto (5,000, 10,000)
David Kiplagat (3,000 steeplechase)
David Registe (long jump)
Shaun Ward (400 hurdles)


Kim Brady (triple jump)
David Kiplagat (3,000 steeplechase)
David Registe (long jump)


Mary Pearce (400)


Mandy Kaempf (5,000)
Mary Pearce (400)

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