Seawolf Track & Field team ends indoor season with a bang, transition into outdoor success

Ivy O’Guinn leads the pack at the Cal State Northridge Invitational. (Photo courtesy of GoSeawolves.com)

Ivy O’Guinn leads the pack at the Cal State Northridge Invitational. (Photo courtesy of GoSeawolves.com)

The Seawolf track & field team closed its first season of indoor competition by out-doing all the other GNAC schools at the 2013 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The ‘Wolves produced a total of eight All-Americans over the final weekend.

Junior distance runner Micah Chelimo represented the men’s side. Chelimo was his usual self at the Championships, winning the 5,000 meters national title and placing fourth in the 3,000 meters.

The women’s squad flooded the All-American lists. Susan Tanui, Karolin Anders, Ruth Keino, Susan Bick, Haleigh Lloyd, Jessica Pahkala and Ivy O’Guinn were the green and gold women who made the cut.

Junior distance runner Tanui and freshman heptathlete Anders were two standouts from the women’s group.

Tanui paired a third place podium finish in the 5,000 meters with an eighth place finish in the 3,000 meters.

Anders, the phenomenal import from Germany, took fifth in the pentathlon and logged career bests in all five events.

Through the first few weeks of outdoor competition, the Seawolves have proven they can still do their thing when the roof is blown off.

I spent my Spring Break seeing how many WWF Raw episodes from 2001 I could watch. (The answer? A lot.) The ‘Wolves spent theirs showing out at the Cal State Northridge Invitational.

The team left Northridge, Calif., with plenty of podium experience and a host of career bests.

The women put on a clinic in the 800 meters. O’Guinn won the event and was only three seconds off from posting an automatic qualifying time. Bick and Pahkala crossed right after her, finishing second and third.

Sophomore Cody Parker and freshman Franz Burghagen kept the podium control in UAA’s favor by placing one and two in the javelin toss. Parker’s 220-10 throw was his best in the year and is an automatic qualifying mark.

A trifecta of juniors registered career bests at the meet. Sprinter Sasha Halfyard, discus thrower Gaynor Johansen and javelin thrower Cody Gibson were better than ever in Northridge.

The Seawolves are getting big performances from all angles. While Chelimo continues to cement an incredible legacy, the rest of the team has stepped up and made it more than a one-man show.

The track & field team will head back down the coast to California this weekend for a meet with San Francisco State and to participate in the Stanford Invitational.

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