Miller time -
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate (2012) Jesse Miller averaged five minutes and 17 seconds per mile in the University of Alaska Anchorage’s meet at BYU-Hawaii on Saturday, finishing with a time of 16:27 for eighth place and helping the Seawolves (ranked ninth in the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association national preseason poll) defeat the Seasiders 16-57. Miller, a sophomore, was the seventh UAA runner scoring. Junior Dylan Anthony, from Kodiak, placed first in 15:22; Junior Isaac Kangogo was second in 15:29; 3. Victor Samoei (FR, UAA) 15:44; 4. Michael Mendenhall (FR, UAA) 16:02; 5. Clayton Kearl (JR, BYU) 16:08; 6. Andrey Ionashku (SO, UAA) 16:14; 7. Philiip Messina (FR, UAA) 16:19; 8. Miler 16:27; 9. Cosmas Cheseret (FR, UAA) 16:32; 10. Thomas Hesselgesser (FR, BYU) 16:34; 11. Jon Hooke (FR, BYU) 16:39; 12. Dominik Notz (SO, UAA 16:41; 13. Carston Feigleson (FR, BYU) 16:47; 14. Matthew Belliston (SR, BYU) 16:56; 15. Courageous Herrera (FR, BYU) 17:07; 16. Stewart Adair (JR, BYU)17:24; 17. Scott Commandeur (FR, UAA) 18:07; 18. Tyan Belliston (FR, BYU) 18:40.
The Seawolves also got a first place finish from the women’s team as Susan Tanui won the 5K. The women’s team – ranked No. 7 – posted a perfect score of 15, easily besting the Seasiders’ 56.
The NCAA runner-up a year ago, Tanui started the season where she left off, completing the 5K with a time of 18:14. Making her UAA debut was sophomore Joyce Kipchumba, a transfer from American International, finishing second at 18:41.
Taking third was junior Bryn Haebe at 18:55, while senior All-American Ivy O’Guinn was fourth at 18:57 and senior Schmitz rounded out the perfect scoring in fifth at 19:02.
The Seawolves will continue their competition in Hawaii with the Chaminade Invitational on Sept. 7
Tarver undefeated -
JDHS grad (2011) Sarah Tarver is logging lots of minutes as her Northern Arizona women’s soccer team continues to start the season with a surge. The Lumberjacks are undefeated in three matches with wins over Long Beach State 1-0, Lamar 3-2, and Cal State Bakersfield 1-0. They played UC Riverside late Sunday. Tarver, a junior defender, has played a full 90 minutes in each game.
Last season as a sophomore, Tarver played in all 19 games with 14 starts, earned starts in five of nine conference games, started eight consecutive games from Aug. 26-Sept. 21, totaled one goal for two points (scored goal against Oklahoma), attempted 18 shots (placing five on goal), attempted career-high four shots against Eastern Washington, was fourth on team in shots (18), fourth on team with nine shots in conference play and rpayed a career-high 110 minutes at San Francisco.
As a freshman, Tarver was an All-Big Sky honorable mention, played in all 19 games with 16 starts and started first 15 games of the season. Earned starts in four of seven conference games, totaled two goals for four points, scored goals against Southern Utah and Northern Iowa, tied for third on the team in goals (2), attempted 11 shots (placing seven on goal) took two shots each against Northern Iowa and Embry-Riddle, placed both shots on goal against Northern Iowa, was third on team in shots on goal percentage (.636) and played over 100 minutes in three games.
Tarver also played basketball last season, appearing in 10 games with three starts after joining the team two weeks into the season. She started NAU’s first two Big Sky games, totaled 17 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists and had career highs of eight points and five rebounds vs. Utah Valley. She scored in five games and had at least one rebound in seven games, shot 6-of-23 (.261) from the field and 5-of-6 (.833) from the free-throw line, had a career-high three assists at Montana, totaled one block and one steal and averaged 12.7 minutes per game with a career-high 34 minutes play vs. Utah Valley.
Norvell the Nanook -
JDHS grad (2013) Tal Norvell finished seventh in the University Of Alaska Fairbanks’ annual Ester Dome team time trial race. Isaac Lammers set a new course record, and the women were led by a host of newcomers. Lammers’ time of 22 minutes, 34 seconds, topped teammate Michael Fehrenbach’s 2012 record time of 22:40 by six seconds. Fehrenbach was second Friday in 23:13. Jonas Löffler was third in 23:57.
“It was a solid race today,” Lammers said. “I hit the midway point where I was expecting my time to be a little faster and I thought, ‘There’s no way (I’ll break the record),’ and I got up to the top and my teammates were yelling, ‘New record!’ so them cheering me on just pushed me all the way to the end.”
“I think it’s a good indication of his fitness level,” said Alaska head coach Scott Jerome of Lammers’ performance. “He’s definitely in shape and I think it’s a good indicator of what he did over the summer time.”
The men packed up well after Lammers and Fehrenbach with five runners finishing within 12 seconds of each other. Max Olex finished fourth behind Löffler in 24:00, followed by Ross MacDougall (5th, 24:02), Kenneth Brewer (6th, 24:06) and Tal Norvell (7th, 24:09).
Freshman Nichole Bathe led the way on the women’s side, finishing in 29:47. The top four finishers for the Nanook women were freshmen, with five more coming in after senior Alyson McPhetres (30:49).
“I’m really excited to be able to run with Aly and people like that, the older girls who are going to push us and get us where we want to be,” said Bathe.
Freshman Dorothy O’Donnell was second for the women in 30:05, followed by fellow rookies Kali Striker in 30:13 and Hannah Stevens in 30:20.
“We don’t have too many returners on the women’s cross country side, so we knew we were going to have some young ones up there one way or another,” said Jerome. “That was good to see. I was really impressed with Nichole Bathe. I wasn’t sure what to expect from her, but certainly that’s a good sign.
Results: 1. Isaac Lammers, SO, 22:34; 2. Michael Fehrenbach, SO, 23:13; 3. Jonas Löffler, JR, 23:57; 4. Max Olex, SR, 24:00; 5. Ross MacDougall, R-SO, 24:02; 6. Kenneth Brewer, JR, 24:06; 7. Tal Norvell, FR, 24:09; 8. Keegan Rankin, FR, 24:38; 9. Stefan Hajdukovich, JR, 24:57; 10. Tux Seims, SR, 25:07; 11. Mitch Burgess, FR, 25:14; 12. Nick Lovett, FR, 25:32; 13. Nichole Bathe, FR, 29:47; 14. Dorothy O’Donnell, FR, 30:05; 15. Kali Striker, FR, 30:13; 16. Hannah Stevens, FR, 30:20; 17. Alyson McPhetres, SR, 30:49; 18. Madalyn Pfeifer, FR, 31:51; 19. Sarah Lilly, FR, 33:03; 20. Mia Anderson, FR, 33:13; 21. Laura Dyer, FR, 37:46; 22. Ellen Acquistapace, FR, 42:58.