Seawolves vault, sprint, hurdle past records

UAA junior runner Micah Chelimo competes in the men's 3000-meter steeple chase at the Occidental Distance Carnival on March 16 in Eagle Rock California.

Track and field has 22 letter-winners returning, including eight of the nine that qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships in May of 2011.

Some of the returning Seawolves who have showcased their improvements are Micah Chelimo, senior Shaun Ward, and senior Kelsea Johnson.

Chelimo started his 2012 season by beating his personal best in the men’s 5,000 meters, finishing with a time of 14 minutes, 8.91 seconds at the Ben Brown Track and Field Invitational. He also nabbed the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honor after his NCAA provisional qualifying time from March 16, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Ward was alongside Chelimo and seven others at the 2011 NCAA’s. This season he has already posted a NCAA provisional qualifying time in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with 52.74.

Johnson has started off her second year for the Green and Gold by breaking three of her personal bests while competing in a heptathlon in the Northridge Spring Break Multi March 15 -16. She finished fifth in both the 200-meter run and 100-meter hurdles, and topped her career best with a fourth-place finish in shot put with 35 feet 10 inches.

As for newcomers, freshman Cody Parker won the men’s javelin by setting a new UAA record with a toss of 211 feet, 1 inch in the Ben Brown Invitational. That toss also won him the GNAC Athlete of the Week earlier this season.

Other records broken were the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase by senior Hallidie Wilt, a local of Unalaska, and the men’s pole vault by senior Micah Johnson. Wilt is the only other Seawolf to be honored with the GNAC Athlete of the Week thus far this season.

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The Seawolves will head to Salem, Oregon for the Willamette Invitational March 30-31.