After a stellar weekend of competition in California, UAA runners Micah Chelimo and Ivy O’Guinn will return to Anchorage with two of the fastest times recorded this season by NCAA Division II runners.
Chelimo posted Division II’s fastest time in the men’s 5,000 meters and O’Guinn recorded Division II’s fastest time in the women’s 1,500 meters Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Chelimo, a senior from Kenya, finished the 5,000 meters in 13 minutes, 41.99 seconds, a time that is this season’s fastest in Division II and ninth fastest by any college runner.
Only eight Division I runners have posted better times. Among them is Kodiak’s Trevor Dunbar, whose season-best 13:32.28 for Oregon ranks second in the nation. Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuke is the NCAA leader at 13:26.98.
O’Guinn, a senior from Soldotna, became the Division II leader in the women’s 1,500 by clocking a 4:25.39 Friday.
She followed up on Saturday by cracking Division II’s top 10 in the 800 meters with a time of 2:10.82.
Chelimo also delivered a strong race on Saturday, running the 1,500 in 3:49.74 to qualify provisionally for the Division II national championships. He has already qualified for the national meet in the 5,000 and 10,000.
Chelimo’s best event is the 10,000, where his season-best 28:37.75 leads Division II and ranks third among all college runners. The only men with faster times this season are BYU’s Jason Witt (28:36.64) and Jared Ward (28:37.75).
Other weekend highlights for UAA came from Susan Bick, whose 2:11.81 in the 800 meters qualifies her for the national championships, and the 1,600-meter relay team of Elliott Bauer, Adam Commandeur, Bobo Camara and Ethan Hewitt, who lowered the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record to 3:12.22.
Anchorage Daily News