Wolves’ track and field delivers
The UAA track and field team registered yet another stellar outing as it produced 20 top-5 finishes, including six wins, and broke two school records Friday evening at the University of Washington Outdoor Preview at Husky Stadium.
Junior Elizabeth Chepkosgei (Kapsabet, Kenya) continued her recent record-breaking ways by eclipsing her previous school-best mark in the women’s 3000-meter run with a time of 10:06.23, while newcomer Shaun Ward (Anchorage) bettered his own UAA record time in the men’s 400-meter hurdles by clocking a 56.56.
Chepkosgei finished second in the event while Ward placed fourth.
Senior Michael Madrid (Anchorage) ran to a pair of individual wins to lead the Seawolves, claiming victories in the men’s 100 meters (11.11) and 200 meters (22.32).
The men’s squad also received wins from junior Mick Boyle (Kenai) in the 800 (1:56.69) and from the 4×100-meter relay team of Eric Walsh (Fairbanks), Brandon Grant (Anchorage), David Registe (Palmer) and Madrid (42.58).
UAA’s women collected first-place efforts from senior Jessica Houston (Anchorage) in the shot put (42.2) and junior Zee Zee Ridgway in the 400-meter hurdles (1:07.98).
Sophomore Kim Brady (Odessa, Texas) recorded three top-5 results, placing third in the long jump and fifth in both the 100 meters and 200 meters.
The men’s sprint crew gave another solid effort by placing five runners in the top 10 in the 100 and 200 as well as two in the top 10 of the 400.
Gymnasts score high
UAA’s gymnastics team finished third of four teams Friday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, despite posting the second-best team score in school history.
UAA finished with a 192.825 total as it was barely edged for second place by Seattle Pacific’s 193.000. Host UC Davis won the meet with a score of 194.700, while Air Force was fourth with a 192.275.
The Seawolves, led by a fine 38.100 all-around from sophomore Courtney Williams, also produced the second-best bars total for a Seawolf team with 48.650 points on that event.
Freshman Kelsey Fullerton tied for top honors on floor exercise with a career-high-tying 9.825, while fellow rookie Kristy Boswell was third on bars with a 9.8, also equaling her previous best showing on that apparatus.
Fullerton tied her career-high on beam as well with a 9.75, while sophomore Micki Cole continued to show why she has been UAA’s most improved gymnast this year with a career-best 9.65 on beam, plus a 9.525 on floor.
UAA’s two seniors competed for the final time and both came up big, with Anchorage native Jessica Portlock scoring 9.775 on floor, 9.75 on vault and 9.725 on bars. Chicago senior Lauren Magiera produced a 9.65 on bars, just a tenth of a point off her career-best.
Williams’ all-around score was the second-best of her career, boosted by a personal-best 9.775 on bars.
Although their team season concluded Friday, the Seawolves must wait until next week to find out it any of their athletes qualified as individuals for the upcoming West Regional Championships, set for April 12 in Corvallis, Ore.
-Compiled by Ashley Smith