UAA's Thomas and Anders seize multi-event titles at GNAC championships

UAA's international contingent flourished again Tuesday, when Cody Thomas won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference decathlon title for the second straight year and teammate Karolin Anders seized the heptathlon crown in Ellensburg, Wash.

Thomas, a junior from New Zealand, scored 6,617 points in 10 grueling track and field events at the conference multi-events outdoor championships to hold off Northwest Nazarene's Greyson Kilgore by 111 points. The title is Thomas' fourth at conference meets -- he also has won two indoor heptathlon titles.

Anders, a sophomore and three-time All-American from Germany who was runner-up at the conference's outdoor meet last year, racked 4,997 points in seven events to top Central Washington's Tayler Fettig by 393 points.

Both Thomas and Anders have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II national outdoor championships next month in Allendale, Mich.

The rest of the GNAC meet is set for May 9-10 in Monmouth, Ore.

After posting leading marks in four of five events Monday, Thomas on Tuesday won the 110-meter hurdles (15.10 seconds). He also threw the discus 110 feet, 4.25 inches, cleared 9-11.75 in the pole vault, whipped the javelin 134-6.5 and ran the 1,500 in 4:40.44

Anders on Tuesday leaped 18-6.5 in the long jump, threw the javelin 101-4 and covered 800 meters in 2:27.13.

UAA sophomore Rosie Smith, competing in the heptathlon for the first time, finished fifth among women with 4,344 points, just three points removed from fourth place.

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