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Seawolves rack up 8 individual titles, 3 meet records from GNAC track championships

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 12
  • Published May 11

Caroline Kurgat won athlete-of-the-meet honors, Dani McCormick and Vanessa Aniteye repeated as conference champions and Chrisalyn Johnson capped her return to track and field with a meet record Saturday to lead UAA at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference track and field championships.

The four women were among six athletes who claimed GNAC titles for the Seawolves at the two-day meet in in Monmouth, Oregon.

The women finished third in the team standings and the men finished fourth. Their accomplishments were numerous.

Kurgat, a senior from Kenya who owns five NCAA Division II national championships, captured athlete-of-the-meet honors for winning all three of her races. She won the 10,000 meters Friday (38 minutes, 3.64 seconds) and the 5,000 (16:35.10) and 1,500 (4:23.03) Saturday. Her time in the 1,500 meters was a meet record.

Also setting meet records were Johnson and Aniteye.

Johnson soared 41 feet, 3.25 inches to win the triple jump and surpass the previous record by more than six inches. A star outside hitter who joined the track team after her senior season of volleyball, Johnson also finished second in the long jump with a leap of 18-9.75.

Aniteye set her meet record while collecting her third GNAC title in the 400 meters. She finished in 54.19 seconds and was followed across the finish line by teammate Marie Ries, who was second in 56.09.

McCormick became a two-time GNAC champ in the 800 with a time of 2:08.67. She also turned in a strong effort in the 1,500, placing third in 4:27.74.

UAA’s other champions were Wesley Kirui in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:03.95) and Edwin Kangogo in the 10,000 meters (31:56.62). Kangogo added a second-place finish in the 5,000.

Other top performers for the Seawolves included Chris Brake, who was second in the triple jump and third in the high jump; David Sramek, second in pole vault and sixth in long jump; Felix Kemboi, third in the 800 and fifth in the 5,000; Drew Johnson, third in the 1,500; Nickson Koech, third in the 10,000; and Nancy Jeptoo, who contributed fifth-place finishes in the 5,000 and 1,500.

At the Mountain West Athletic Conference championships Saturday in Clovis, California, Kenai runner Allie Ostrander won the 5,000 meters and placed second in the 1,500.

Ostrander, a two-time NCAA Division I champion in the steeplechase, pulled ahead of New Mexico’s Ednah Kurgat in the final lap to win the 5,000 in 15:45.66. Earlier in the day, she finished a close second to teammate Alexis Fuller in the 1,500; Fuller won in 4:21.11 and Ostrander followed in 4:21.47.

Ostrander did not compete in the steeplechase.

An early version of this story said Chrisalyn Johnson took more than six inches off the previous triple jump record. She added six inches to the previous record.

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