Kodiak’s Dylan Anthony is an All-American again.
The talented junior for the University of Alaska Anchorage earned his second All-America cross country honors Saturday at the NCAA Division II Championships in Spokane, Wash.
Anthony was the top Great Northwest Athletic Conference finisher, finishing 25th out of 248 runners. He covered the 10-kilometer course in 31 minutes, 2.6 seconds.
Last season, Anthony placed 23rd to earn All-America accolades.
UAA finished seventh, while Adams State’s Tabor Stevens took individual honors in 29:50.1.
This caps a stellar season for Anthony. He started the year with three consecutive victories — two in Hawaii and at the Willamette Invitational. He then added a third at the GNAC Championships and a ninth-place finish at the West Regional.
Anthony now gets a break and will resume the indoor track and field season in January.
For a moment on Saturday, Laura Griffing held the University of Idaho’s school record in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The junior Griffing broke the record with a time of 1 minute, 3.14 seconds in a preliminary heat of the Phill Hansel Invitational at the University of Houston.
Junior teammate Erica Anderson then lowered the mark with a time of 1:02.65 in the finals. Anderson finished second, while Griffing placed fifth in the finals with a 1:03.41.
“Laura and Erica were awesome, and it is so cool to have two girls break the same school record in the same day,” coach Mark Sowa said on the University of Idaho website.
Griffing added a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke consolation finals with a personal-best time of 2:21.66.
She also was part of the 15th-place 200 freestyle relay team.
Griffing’s times qualified her for the 2013 AT&T Winter National Championships beginning Dec. 5 in Knoxville, Tenn.
• Swimming against the some of the best competition in the nation, Northern Arizona’s Jori Lindquist placed fifth in the 200-yard backstroke B final of the UNLV Fall Invitational in Nevada.
Lindquist’s time of 2:03.56 was the 13th quickest, behind four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin’s (California) winning time of 1:53.73.
Lindqust, a freshman, also made the D final of the 100 freestyle and finished second with a time of 57.31.
Lindquist added a personal-best time of 2:09.36 in the prelims of 200 individual medley, which was good for 40th.
Lindquist also was part of the 200 freestyle (15th) and the 200 medley relays (16th).
University of Alaska Anchorage’s Maureen Sabado concluded regular-season play with a combined eight kills in a pair of victories over Montana State Billings and Seattle Pacific.
In a Thursday sweep at Montana, Sabado tallied four kills, four digs and one block assist. In Saturday’s sweep at Seattle Pacific, the junior had four kills, two block assists and one dig.
UAA (21-9) earned its fourth NCAA Division II playoff berth in the last five seasons when the Seawolves were included in the tournament field Monday.
UAA — the Great Northwest Athletic Conference runner-up — earned a No. 7 seed for the NCAA West Regional Championships and will face No. 2 seed and nationally fourth-ranked BYU-Hawaii (24-1) on Dec. 5.
The NCAA West Region champion advances to the Elite Eight, held Dec. 12-14.
Despite another solid performance from Alysa Horn, TSV Viernheim fell 72-61 to Mainz Saturday in a Bundelisga second division game in Germany.
Horn scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds in 26 minutes before fouling out.
The forward was 7-for-12 from the field and also added two assists, two steals and one block.
Viernheim has lost two straight to fall to eighth in the 12-team South Division with a 4-5 record.
On Dec. 1, Viernheim plays undefeated and South Division leader Keltern.
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