The Seawolves welcomed UAF and Cal Poly Pomona to Kincaid Park Oct. 8 for the UAA Invitational, the Seawolves’ last regular-season race. The Seawolf men beat both teams with 21 points, and the women took second to Cal Poly Pomona by a close 5 points.
UAA’s redshirt freshman and first-place finisher David Kiplagat ran with the pack through most of the race but came out of the second loop with a decisive lead. He finished the 8-kilometer course in 26:22.46, a full 32 seconds ahead of second-place athlete Mark Batres of Cal Poly.
Nanook runner Pavala Havlova finished first among women, completing the 6k course in 22:53.48. UAA’s Mandy Kaempf, the only Seawolf runner in the top ten, took second in 23:39.06.
“They were both competitive races that could have gone either way,” said 16-year head coach Michael Friess.
Kiplagat was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s cross country runner of the week Sept. 26 after placing 18th of 233 runners the Stanford Invitational in California Sept. 24.
The Seawolves race again Oct. 22 in Bellingham, Wash. at the GNAC championships.
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