UAA runners return to action, resume winning ways

Well, no race rust on UAA's cross-country teams Saturday.

A month had passed since the Seawolves runners competed, and coach Michael Friess earlier in the week thought perhaps his athletes might lack some race sharpness at the 39th annual Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational in Salem, Ore.

Any rust was not evident in the results.

UAA junior Dylan Anthony maintained his season's perfect record with a third straight victory Saturday and the Seawolves men and women swept the team titles in the Cardinal division.

The Seawolves men, ranked No. 10 nationally, and women, ranked No. 5, torched their team competitors.

UAA's men placed four runners in the top 10 and their five scoring runners in the top 13 to earn 30 points, easily outdistancing fellow Great Northwest Athletic Conference competitor Western Oregon (140) and Willamette (143).

The Seawolves women, sparked by Joyce Kipchumba's runner-up finish and Susan Tanui's third-place performance, racked four runners in the top six and their five scoring runners in the top 19. That gave them 34 points, easily topping fellow GNAC member Seattle Pacific (94) and Willamette (119).

Anthony cover eight kilometers (five miles) in 24 minutes, 20 seconds to top teammate Isaac Kangogo (24:33), another junior, by 13 seconds. Freshman Victor Samoei took fourth (24:50), sophomore Andrey Ionashku grabbed 10th (25:12) and sophomore Dominik Notz finished 13th (25:24).

Kipchumba, a freshman, clocked 17:42 for five kilometers (3.1 miles) to finish 12 seconds behind winner Michaela Freeby of Willamette. Tanui, the 2012 NCAA runner-up, earned third in 17:44. Also scoring for the Seawolves were seniors Ivy O'Guinn and Susan Bick, in fifth and sixth, respectively, and junior Bryn Haebe, who took 19th in 18:43.

The Seawolves next race Oct. 26 in the GNAC championships in Monmouth, Ore.


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