Sunday, October 9, 2011

Vikings third and fifth in WWU Invitational Saturday...

BELLINGHAM--Alaska Anchorage and Victoria dominated both races at Saturday's Western Washington Invitational at Lake Padden Park, finishing one-two with just 10 points separating their men's teams and a margin of only 12 points between their women's squads.

In the men's team race UAA 33-43 over the University of Victoria, with host Western Washington University third at 86. GNAC member Saint Martin's University was fifth at 131, and Central Washington was eighth at 227.

Micah Chelimo of UAA took individual honors, running 31:05 over 10k, leading three other teammates over the line in the top ten.

St. Martin's Kyle Van Santen (left/photo courtesy St. Martin's University) finished fifth at 31:31, and Western's Tyler Cannon was one spot behind in the same time.

Nathan Minor was Central Washington's top runner across the line in 25th at 32:59.

The women's team title went to UAA 45-57 over UVic, with Western fifth at 126, St. Martin's eighth at 231, and Central Washington ninth at 251.

Ruth Keino took the 6k individual race in 21:10. Rachael Johnson was the Vikings' top finisher for the second straight race in 20th at 22:47.

Joscelyn Minton was St. Martin's top finisher in 32nd at 23:18, while Connie Morgan was 55th in 24:36 to pace Central Washington.

Western Washington, Central Washington, and St. Martin's next competes on October 22nd at the GNAC Championships in Yakima.

Complete results of the WWU Invitational are available here.

NOTE: The sports information office at Western Washington University and St. Martin's University contributed to this report.

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