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Alaska runners compete in Bellingham, Wash.

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Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012 12:21 am

FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks finished fourth among the six Great Northwest Athletic Conference teams competing in Saturday’s 39th annual Western Washington University Classic in Bellingham, Wash.

The Alaska women were sixth among the six schools from the GNAC.

There were 18 men’s teams and 14 women’s squads entered in the event. There were several Canadian colleges and numerous small colleges, junior college and club teams entered in the event.

Alaska Anchorage had the top GNAC finish in each event, taking first overall in the women’s 8-kilometer race and second to the University of Victoria in the men’s event.

The Nanooks compiled 239 points in the men’s race, placing 10th in the overall standings among the 18 teams.

Ross MacDougall was Alaska’s top finisher with a 61st-place finisher in 33 minutes, 35 seconds. Alaska Anchorage’s Micah Chelimo won the race in 31:12.

Michael Fehrenbach was the second Alaska finisher and 67th overall in 33:44. Fehrenbach was followed across the finish line by Tux Seims, 83rd in 33:57; Andrew Arnold, 100th in 34:12; Kenneth Brewer 123rd in 35:27; John Klein, 159th in 37:45 and Wyatt Mayo, 162nd in 37:57.

There were 178 finishers in the men’s race.

On the women’s side, the Nanooks compiled 308 points to place 11th among the 14 women’s teams competing in the 6-kilometer race.

Sara Falconer led the Nanooks, finishing 66th overall in 25:04. Susan Tanui of Alaska Anchorage won the event in 21:31.

Heidi O’Connor Brook was second among the five Nanooks who competed, finishing 100th in 26:48. Other Nanook finishers include Megan Thompson, 103rd in 27:14; Ema Mayo, 114th in 29:07 and Victoria Frehill, 117th in 29:43.

There were 122 finishers in the women’s race.

The next race for the Nanooks is the GNAC Championships, hosted by Western Oregon University on Oct. 20th in Monmouth, Ore.

Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.

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