UAA running stars highlight awards, marathon weekend

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Current and former University of Alaska Anchorage runners have had a big couple of days this weekend, with multiple Seawolves making strong appearances at Saturday's Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon and Half Marathon, and another preparing to accept a national award Monday night.

Former Seawolf David Kiplagat became the first four-time men's marathon winner Saturday, defeating his former teammate to win the 26.2-mile race by a single second. Kiplagat clocked 2:25:43 for the title.

On the women's side, Fairbanks resident Keri McEntee breezed to a repeat title, taking the win in 2:59:47 - more than 26 minutes faster the runner up.

For the half marathon, current UAA runner Felix Kemboi clocked 1:12:06 for the win the men's race, while it was a battle to the finish in the women's competition: Anchorage's Jess Klain finished first with a time of 1:33:24, just eight seconds quicker than the runner up.

The weekend excitement for area runners doesn't end with the weekend, though. UAA's Caroline Kurgat will accept her most prestigious honor yet on Monday: The Collegiate Women Sports Awards' Honda NCAA Div. II Athlete of the Year award. Kurgat won the 10,000 and 5,000-meter races at the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in May. She also won a title in cross country two seasons ago.

As for the award, more than a thousand schools took part in the voting. You can watch the ceremony live on Monday evening. Kurgat will be honored on CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m. Pacific Time.