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 Yonatan Yilma

2011 ALL-REGION
2011 ALL-CONFERENCE
GNAC MALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

2011: Wrapped up 2-year cross country career at UAA with two 1st-place showings – at the Hawaii Pacific Invite (Sept. 3) and the Hawaii Big Wave Invite (Sept. 10) … posted a 6th-place result at the GNAC Championships with a time of 25:18 in the 8K race, before furnishing an 8th-place finish at the NCAA Div. II West Region Championships in Spokane, Wash. (Nov. 5) … earned both all-conference and all-region accolades, helping the Seawolves to their second straight team title sweep at both GNACs and the West Region Championships … competed at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 19, placing 114th on the 10K course in  33:45 … finished 3rd at the UAA Invite (Sept. 1) and at the Western Washington Classic Invite (Oct. 8).

2010:
Completed first season with Green & Gold as one of UAA’s top-7 runners … competed in all seven races, earning a season-best 7th-place finish at the Hawaii Pacific Invite on Sept. 11 with a time of 15:12 in the 5K race … UAA’s fourth man across the line at the GNAC Championships (Nov. 6) in Yakima, Wash., with a 14th-place finish, helping the Seawolves to their fifth league title and earning GNAC Newcomer of the Year honors … raced to 21st at the West Region meet with a time of 32:58.5, helping UAA claim its first even region title … member of the NCAA team that posted a program-best 8th-place finish on Dec. 4 in Louisville, Ky.

BEFORE UAA: Competed two years at Everett (Wash.) Community College ... as sophomore in 2009, finished 8th at NWAACC Championships, helping ECC to runner-up team finish ... placed 5th at Northern Division Championships as ECC ran away with team title ... placed 4th in the 10,000 meters in 34:05.22 and 5th in the 5,000 meters in 15:58.39 at 2010 NWAACC Track & Field Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL: Finished 6th at the Washington Class 4A Cross Country Championships (5K) ... on the track, posted 8th-place finish at 4A state meet in the 3200 meters ... top prep times were 4:18.96 in the 1600 and 9:16.35 in the 3200.

PERSONAL: Born October 27, 1988 ... marketing major.

Season-by-Season Results
2011
UAA Invitational             3rd   
Hawaii Pacific Invite        1st
Hawaii Big Wave Invite       1st
Western Classic Invite       3rd
GNAC Championships           6th
NCAA West Regional           8th
NCAA Championships           114th

2010

Hawaii Pacific Invite        7th
BYU-Hawaii Invite            8th
Willamette Invite            43rd
Western Washington Invite    11th
GNAC Championships           14th
NCAA West Regional           21st
NCAA Championships           136th




Position: Men
Year: Senior
Hometown: Edmonds, Wash.
High School: Edmonds-Woodway HS/Everett CC
Experience: 2 Letters
Yonatan Photos:
UAA outside hitter Chrisalyn Johnson rips a kill off the Simon Fraser block during the No. 12 Seawolves' 25-19, 25-19, 25-14 sweep Saturday night.
Sweeping into 1st  MORE
Senior setter Morgan Hooe surpassed the 3,000 career assists plateau in Thursday's victory at No. 20 Western Washington.
VB vanquishes Vikes  MORE
The five-event initiative will kick off Oct. 7 at the UAA vs Minnesota hockey game
Seawolves vs Cancer  MORE
Individual tickets for the game are priced at $12 and can be purchased in Anchorage at the Alaska Airlines Center Terry Homan Box Office, Monday thought Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Exhibition tickets on sale  MORE
Washington native Diana Fa'amausili (left) will play her first collegiate match in her home state Thursday when the Seawolves face Western Washington in a Top 20 showdown in Bellingham.
Top 20 matchup Thurs.  MORE
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