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Thomas captures GNAC decathlon title

UAA's Cody Thomas was crowned the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's king of multi-tasking Tuesday in Monmouth, Ore.

Thomas, a redshirt freshman from New Zealand, won the conference decathlon title, adding wins in the javelin and discus on Tuesday to victories in three events Monday.

The conference championship is the second for Thomas, who captured the heptathlon title during the indoor track and field season.

In the women's heptathlon, freshman Karolin Anders placed second with a school-record performance and junior Haleigh Lloyd finished fourth to give the Seawolves a pair of top-four finishers Tuesday.

All three have qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division II championships.

Thomas amassed 6,392 points in 10 events to beat Western Oregon's Eric Gaines by 335 points. His effort Tuesday included a personal-best throw of 120 feet, 2.75 inches in the discus and a winning toss of 153-11 in the javelin Tuesday, victories he added to Monday's wins in the 100, 400 and high jump. He placed second in three other events.

Anders, who is from Berlin, Germany, totaled 5,034 points in seven events to break the school heptathlon record (4,940 points by Kelsea Johnson a year ago). Her Tuesday results included second place in the javelin with a personal-best 119-6.5 and third place in the long jump.

Seattle Pacific's Ali Worthen topped the heptathlon with 5,390 points and teammate Katy Gross was third with 4,992. Lloyd finished fourth with 4,618 points and sophomore Grace Morgan finished 10th with 3,791.

The decathlon and heptathlon were contested Monday and Tuesday at Western Oregon. The rest of the GNAC track and field championships are May 10-11.


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