ON TAP: The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams will look to defend their titles at the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, Feb. 17-18 in Nampa, Idaho.

MEET DETAILS
WHAT: 2017 GNAC Indoor Championships
WHEN: Feb. 17-18, 2017
WHERE: Nampa, Idaho – Ford Idaho Center
LIVE RESULTS: GNAC.live
NOTES: Both the men’s and women’s (ranked No. 24 nationally) teams are the defending championships ... the men’s team is predicted to win by 14 points over Northwest Nazarene, while the women’s team is predicted to finish third, 36 points behind first-place Simon Fraser ... the Seawolves swept the indoor championships last February for the first time in school history – each with 164 points ... the men’s team defeated Western Oregon (93), while the women’s team defeated Seattle Pacific (136) ... since UAA started indoor in 2013, the women’s team has three titles (2013, 2014, 2016), while the men’s team has two (2015, 2016) ... entering the meet as a three-time GNAC champion in the 60 meters is senior Jamie Ashcroft, where she enters as the top seed at 7.63 ... Ashcroft also enters the meet at No. 1 in the 200 meters at 24.54 – she finished second in the event in 2016 (24.37) ... entering as the No. 1 seed in both the 3,000 meters (8:11.10) and 5,000 meters (14:03.95) is defending champion, senior Dominik Notz ... Notz swept the distance events last year, going 8:31.91 in the 3K and a meet-record 14:36.46 in the 5K ... other Seawolves entering the weekend as No. 1 seeds are junior Darrion Gray (200m, 22.17) and junior Caroline Kurgat (5K, 16:25.90), while both of the men’s (3:13.75) and women’s (3:47.22) 4x400-meter relay are No. 1 and the women’s distance medley relay (11:39.24).

PREDICTED GNAC SCORES  
WOMEN
1.     Simon Fraser            136
2.     Seattle Pacific         118
3.     Alaska Anchorage        100
4.     Central Washington      98
5.     Concordia               73
6.     Northwest Nazarene      45
7.     Western Washington      33
8.     Western Oregon          31
9.     Saint Martin’s          16
10.    Montana State Billings  10     
MEN
1.     Alaska Anchorage        115
2.     Northwest Nazarene      101
3.     Simon Fraser            93
4.     Central Washington      87.5
5.     Concordia               67
6.     Western Oregon          65
7.     Western Washington      63.5
8.     Montana State Billings  35
9.     Saint Martin’s          23.5
10.    Seattle Pacific         8.5


NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Seawolves have combined for 19 NCAA times/marks in three weekends of competition – including 16 with top-20 rankings so far ... sitting in the top 20 in the women’s competition is the women’s distance medley relay at No. 5 .. the foursome of junior Tamara Perez, senior Mary-Kathleen Cross, sophomore Danielle McCormick and junior Caroline Kurgat posted a season-best time of 11:39.24 ... meanwhile, the 4x400-meter relay is ranked No. 8 with a school-record time of 3:47.22 (Jamie Ashcroft, Vanessa Aniteye, Hayley Bezanson, Cross) ... Ashcroft is also ranked in the open 60 meter (No. 18, 7.63) and 200 meters (No. 13, 24.54) ... Kurgat has the seventh-fastest time in the 3,000 meters at 9:31.08, while McCormick has a school record in the 800 meters at 2:10.68, good for No. 11 ... for the men’s team, the Seawolves’ highest ranking comes from senior Dominik Notz in the 5,000 meters at No. 5 ... the lone automatic mark for UAA so far, Notz posted a season-best time of 14:03.95 ... Notz is also ranked No. 11 in the 3,000 meters at 8:11.10, just .91 of a second off his school-record time (8:10.19) ... the men’s 4x400-meter relay is ranked No. 6 at 3:13.75 and is comprised of Nicholas Taylor, Liam Lindsay, Darrion Gray and Adam Commandeur ... the DMR is ranked No. 16 (Jesse Miller, Commandeur, Joe Day and Michael Mendenhall) with a school-record time of 9:55.86 ... Day also ranks No. 17 in the open 800 meters at 1:52.07, while senior Travis Turner is No. 19 in the heptathlon at 4,951 points.

USTFCCCA RANKINGS: The women’s team is ranked No. 24 in the lastest U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association computer ranking on Feb. 14 ... the Seawolves fell out of the rankings after sitting at No. 21 on  Week 2 (Jan. 31) ... the men’s team were ranked No. 19 in the preseason release, but have failed to return to the top-25.