BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University men placed second, just three points out of first, and the Vikings’ Katelyn Steen was runner-up in the women’s race, just seven seconds behind the leader, at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships held Saturday at the Ash Creek Preserve course on the campus of host Western Oregon University.
The WWU women finished fourth in the 10-team field with 112 points. UAA, ranked No.5 nationally, won its fifth consecutive league crown with 36 points. No.6 rated Simon Fraser was second (49) and Seattle Pacific third (94).
No.8-rated UAA took the men’s championship for the fourth straight year with 32 points, its seventh title in the 13-year history of the event. The Seawolves had the top three individual finishers led by Isaac Kangogo, who completed the 10-kilometer course in 24:51.27. It was the sixth straight year that a UAA runner has placed first.
UAA’s Susan Tunai captured the six-kilometer women’s race in 20:24.74, breaking her own meet-best time set in 2012. It was the second straight GNAC title for Tunai, who last year was the national runner-up.
Chip Jackson led the WWU men, placing fourth in 25:03.74, with teammate Tanner Boyd sixth in 25:07. Also finishing among the top 10 for the Vikings were Tabor Reedy seventh (25:14.90); Nathan Richards eighth (25:14.90) and Jonathan Quimby (Jr., Ferndale) 10th (25:15.11).
In the women’s race, the Vikings’ Taylor Guenther was 26th (21:38.49), Haley O’Connor 27th (21:42.84), Lilliana Stelling (Fr., Langley/South Whidbey) 28th (21:48.44), Austen Reiter 29th (21:49.51) and Sofia Marikis 30th (21:57.27).
WWU competes at the NCAA Division II West Regional on Nov. 9 at Spokane.