KAHUKU, Hawaii – JDHS alum Katie Krehilk helped the University of Alaska Anchorage women qualify for the NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships at the end of this month. Paced by individual wins by senior Micah Chelimo and junior Susan Tanui, the Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s teams both successfully qualified for the NCAA Championships with runner-up team finishes at the 2012 NCAA Div. II West Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Kahuku, Hawaii.
In the men’s 10K, the No. 7-ranked Seawolves finished runner-up to No. 3 Chico State, 38-46, by placing their entire team in the top 25 for All-Region honors. Western Washington took third with 82 points, while San Francisco State (130) and Humboldt State (140) also advanced to the National meet.
The No. 5-ranked women’s team, which advances to the NCAAs for the sixth straight season and 10th time overall, were upset by No. 6 Chico State, 51-56, breaking UAA’s three-year streak. Humboldt State took the final podium spot with 120 points, while Cal State Stanislaus (154) and Seattle Pacific (157) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Chelimo, from Kapkoi, Kenya, easily cruised to victory with a time of 31 minutes, 57.35 seconds, successfully defending his individual title from a year ago. Chelimo, who has won eight of his last nine races going back to last season, picked up his fourth career all-region honor.
Senior Alfred Kangogo (32:32.35) crossed the finish line in ninth for his third all-region accolade, while classmate Jake Parisien (32:47.77) earned his fourth with a 12th-place finish. Registering their second all-region honors were sophomores Dylan Anthony (32:50.10) in 13th and Isaac Kangogo (32:51.58) in 14th.
Also picking up all-region accolades were sophomore Kevin Rooke (19th, 33:02.82) and freshman Dominik Notz (25th, 33:.18.36).
In the women’s 6K, which finished at a temperature of 79 degrees, Tanui became UAA’s second Seawolf to win an individual title, doing it in a time of 21:18.50. A local of Eldoret, Kenya, Tanui remains undefeated on the season as she claimed her second career all-region award.
Finishing fourth with a time of 21:38.34 was senior Miriam Kipng’eno, while junior Ivy O’Guinn made the top 15 with a 13th-place showing at 22:10.49. Rounding out the scoring for UAA was freshman Sarah Freistone (22:17.72) in 17th and junior Susan Bick (22:40.92) in 24th.
Kipng’eno earned her fourth all-region honor, while O’Guinn and Bick furnished their second and Freistone her first. Freshman Jaymi Bethea (22:42.99) also garnered an all-region performance, finishing 25th, while senior Katie Krehlik was 62nd in 23:28.84
Ruth Keino was UAA’s first woman to win an individual title in 2011.
The Seawolves will have next weekend off to prepare for the NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships in Joplin, Mo. on Nov. 17.