Former Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears cross country runner Katie Krehlik averaged 6 minutes, 25 seconds over the 6K course of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships in Yakima, Wash. on Saturday.
Krehlik, who graduated from JDHS in 2008 and is running for the University of Alaska Anchorage, finished 28th with a time of 23:54 and was the seventh Seawolves’ finisher.
Led by senior Ruth Keino and junior Micah Chelimo, the undefeated UAA women’s and men’s cross country running teams swept the 11th annual GNACC for the second consecutive year at the Apple Ridge Run Cross Country Facility.
The two-time defending champion and No. 6-ranked UAA women’s squad, posted 31 points in the victory over Simon Fraser (76 points) and Western Washington (87), which finished second and third, respectively. Rounding out the top five was Alaska Fairbanks (97) in fourth and Seattle Pacific (110) in fifth.
The men’s team, ranked No. 11 in the national poll, placed all five scorers in the top 10 for a GNAC-best 27 points. The Seawolves bested WWU (2nd, 63), Western Oregon (3rd, 80), Northwest Nazarene (4th, 139) and Saint Martin’s (5th, 151) for their fifth GNAC title and sixth overall – UAA also won in 1997 when the Seawolves were in the PacWest Conference.
Keino, from Kapcheno, Kenya, raced to UAA’s first individual title ever on the women’s side with a time of 21 minutes, 26 seconds in the 6K race. Picking up her fourth all-conference honor and staying undefeated, Keino edged SFU’s Jessica Smith (21:39), while giving the Seawolves their third straight and overall title.
Claiming her third all-conference honor was junior Miriam Kipng’eno, who crossed the finish line at 22.12 for third place. Finishing fourth after missing the majority of the season was sophomore Ivy O’Guinn at 22:24. Completing the scoring five for the women’s team was sophomore Susan Bick (22:58) in 11th and senior Shoshana Keegan (23:01) in 12th.
Helping the men’s team to its third championship in four years, Chelimo garnered his first individual league title with a time of 24:24 on the 8K course. The Kapkoi, Kenya, native beat NNU’s Barak Watson (24:31) by seven seconds. The win marked Chelimo’s third all-conference accolade and the fourth straight year that a Seawolf has been crowned.
Junior Alfred Kangogo picked up his third all-conference award with a fourth-place finish, clocking in at 25:13. Yonatan Yilma, who posted two individual wins this season, finished sixth at 25:18, while freshmen Dylan Anthony (25:32) and Issac Kangogo (25:41) were seventh and ninth, respectively.
The Seawolves will aim for their second straight NCAA Div. II West Region sweep on Nov. 5, when they travel to Spokane, Wash.
In other UAA news, the Seawolves men’s basketball team is a narrow favorite to win the 2011-12 GNAC title, according to the league’s 11th annual coaches’ poll, released Wednesday.