UAA runners shine in Hawaii

Kenya’s Susan Tanui and Kodiak’s Dylan Anthony led the UAA cross country team to a sweep of BYU-Hawaii in a season-opening meet Saturday in Laie, Hawaii.

Tanui, the runnerup at last season’s NCAA Division II national championships, led the UAA women to a perfect score, which happens when a team produces the top five finishers in a race. UAA, in fact, produced the top six, but sixth-place Susan Bick’s finish didn’t contribute to the team score.

The women, ranked seventh in the nation, beat BYU 15-56. The men, ranked ninth in the nation, achieved near-perfection, winning 16-57 — BYU’s top runner placed fifth to interupt the parade of UAA finishers.

Tanui dominated the 5-kilometer women’s race in 18 minute, 14 seconds. UAA newcomer Joyce Kipchumba, a transfer from American International, was second in 18:41.

Anthony, an All-American last season, posted his first collegiate win in 15:22, seven seconds ahead of teammate Isaac Kangogo.

The Seawolves will stay in Hawaii for the Sept. 7 Chaminade Invitational.



UAA 15, BYU-Hawaii 56

Top 10 — 1) Susan Tanui, UAA, 18:14; 2) Joyce Kipchumba, UAA, 18:41; 3) Bryn Haebe, UAA, 18:55; 4) Ivy O’Guinn, UAA, 18:57; 5) Christi Schmitz, UAA, 19:02; 6) Susan Bick, UAA, 19:16; 7) Kami Dixon, BYU, 19:32; 8) Jessica Pahkala, UAA, 19:37; 9) Sarah Freistone, UAA, 19:41; 10) Julia Taylor, BYU, 19:47.


UAA 16, BYU-Hawaii 57

Top 10 — 1) Dylan Anthony, UAA, 15:22; 2) Isaac Kangogo, UAA, 15:29; 3) Victor Samoei, UAA, 15:44; 4) Michael Mendenhall, UAA, 16:02; 5) Clayton Kearl, BYU, 16:08; 6) Andrey Ionashku, UAA, 16:14; 7) Phillip Messina, UAA, 16:19; 8) Jesse Miller, UAA, 16:27; 9) Cosmas Cheseret, UAA, 16:32; 10) Thomas Hesselgesser, BYU, 16:43.