WHAT: 2018 NCAA Div. II Indoor Track and Field Championships 
WHEN: Mar. 9-10 (All Day)
WHERE: Pittsburg, Kan. – Robert W. Plaster Center 
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ON TAP: Alaska Anchorage will send a total of nine athletes to Pittsburg, Kan. for the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, slated for Mar. 9-10, hosted by Pittsburg State Univ. and the Crawford County CVB ... the No. 15 women’s squad will be represented by four athletes in the 800 meters (Danielle McCormick, Tamara Perez, Yemi Knight, Ruth Cvancara) and the second-ranked distance medley relay (McCormick, Perez, Knight, and Vanessa Aniteye) ... the men’s program will be represented in the 4x400-meter relay (Nicholas Taylor, Darrion Gray, Daniel Remington, Liam Lindsay). 

UAA SCHEDULE: Fri., Mar. 9: (Prelim) Women’s 800m, 2:00 pm AST; Women’s DMR, 4:00 pm AST
                              Sat., Mar. 10: (Final) Women’s 800m, 3:35 pm AST; Men’s 4x400m, 4:45 pm AST 

NOTES: All four Seawolves that comprise the nation’s top-ranked 800-meter squad advanced to nationals, which will feature 20 athletes in the event ... junior Danielle McCormick (fourth, 2:07.13), senior Tamara Perez (fifth, 2:08.65), junior Yemi Knight (11th, 2:09.85) and freshman Ruth Cvancara (18th, 2:11.34) enter the event ... McCormick owns the program record in the distance, while the quartet has an average time of 2:09.24 ... the distance medley relay will feature McCormick, sophomore Vanessa Aniteye, Knight and Perez ... the DMR owns the second fastest time in school history (11:32.96) and sits a half second behind Western State (11:32.40) ... the men’s 4x400-meter relay came up clutch at the Boston University Last Chance Meet, posting an impressive time of 3 minutes, 13.02 seconds ... juniors Nicholas Taylor, senior Darrion Gray, junior Daniel Remington and senior Liam Lindsay moved into a tie for eighth to secure a spot in the 12-team qualifying field ... the time of 3:13.02 is the second best in GNAC and program history.

UAA AT NCAAS: The men’s and women’s indoor track and field programs have a strong history of success at the national meet, despite only sponsoring the sport since 2013 ... both teams have combined for 47 indoor All-Americans in five seasons – with a record 12 in 2017 ... distance standout Micah Chelimo owns both of UAA’s indoor national titles (2013: 5,000m; 2014: 3,000m) ... the women’s all-time best NCAA finish is ninth (20.5 points, 2016), while the men finished tied for ninth (18 points, 2014). 

BEST OF THE WEST: The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) revealed the Alaska men’s and women’s indoor track & field programs earned a total of 19 All-West Region honors on Feb. 26 ...  seniors Darrion Gray and Tamara Perez led UAA with three All-West Region performances, while four Seawolves earned a pair of honors ... the men earned 10 All-Region performances, while the women secured nine ... Gray recorded region recognition in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes ... he also teamed up with Liam Lindsay, Daniel Remington, and Nicholas Taylor to become All-Region in the 4x400-meter relay ... Lindsay also was All-Region in the open 400 ... he joined Christopher Brake (high jump, triple jump) as a two-event winner on the men’s side ... Brandon Nicholson became an All-Region performer in the triple jump as well ... the No. 11-nationally ranked women’s squad was led by Tamara Perez ... Perez was a three-event recipient in the 800 meters, mile, and distance medley relay ... Danielle McCormick and Vanessa Aniteye garnered a pair of region accolades ... McCormick secured the honor in the 800 meters and DMR, while Aniteye earned acclaim in the 400 meters and DMR ... Yemi Knight rounded out the women’s DMR team ... Emmah Chelimo was named All-West Region in the 5,000 meters ... the top-five individuals in each event from each of the eight regions earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions’ top-three relay teams.

NATIONALLY RANKED: The Alaska Anchorage women enter the national meet at No. 14 in the USTFCCCA NCAA Div. II National Team Rankings.

RECORD SETTERS: Six seawolves have broken or tied school records this season ... junior Danielle McCormick improved her own 800-meter record to 2:07.13, Feb. 11 at the UW Open ... the time is the third fastest in GNAC history and third best in the nation this year ... senior Darrion Gray broke the 60-meter (6.92) and 200-meter (21.60) school records at the GNAC Indoor Championships ... 21.60 is tied for second fastest in conference history ... sophomore Oshane Hylton tied the 60-meter record (6.97) earlier in the season, before Gray set a new mark ... Christopher Brake bettered his program best in the triple jump to 47 feet, 7.25 inches (tied for sixth in GNAC record book) ... junior Yvonne Jeschke established a school record in the 600 meters (1:38.80), a non-championship event, on Jan. 13.

GRAY SHINES IN BOSTON: Senior sprinter Darrion Gray, of Dimond High School fame, was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week on Feb. 26, after helping set two NCAA provisional qualifying marks at the Boston University Last Chance Meet ... Gray was the third fastest Division II athlete in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.73 seconds on Sunday ... he followed as the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay team that clocked 3 minutes, 13.02 seconds ... the relay earned the second-fastest time in GNAC and program history – and tied for 10th in Division II this season. 

McCORMICK, GNAC STAR: Junior Danielle McCormick was tabbed the Women’s Track Athlete of the Week by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Feb. 12, following record-breaking performances over the weekend ... McCormick, from Soldotna and former SoHi Star, shattered her own 800-meter school record at the UW Open (Feb. 11) in Seattle with a time of 2:07.13 ... the time is the third best in the nation and third highest mark in GNAC history ... the time easily eclipsed the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 2:08.91 ... her old record was 2:10.68 set last season ... she also owns UAA’s outdoor 800-meter record at 2:07.60 ... McCormick also helped the distance medley relay squad post an automatic time of 11:32.96 at the Husky Classic (Feb. 9) ... the time stands as the second fastest in the nation and second quickest in program history ... only Div. I Washington State bettered the time at the meet (11:29.22) in the 13-team field ... the DMR team of McCormick (1200m), Vanessa Aniteye (400m), Yemi Knight (800m), and Tamara Perez (1600m) posted the sixth fastest mark in GNAC history and surpassed the 11:35.43 automatic standard.

Sophomore Christopher Brake was named Men’s Field Athlete of the Week by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Jan. 15, following his NCAA Championships provisional qualifying high jump of 6 feet, 8.75 inches at the UW Preview in Seattle, Wash ... Brake, from Nelson, New Zealand, nailed his second attempt at 6-8.75 (2.05 meters) to move into a tie for ninth in the GNAC record book and improve his leap of 6-7 set at the 2016 GNAC Indoor Championships ... he surpassed the NCAA Championships provisional qualifying mark of 6-8.25 (2.04 meters) and currently sits third on the UAA men’s all-time indoor list ... Brake placed third overall and best among Div. II competitors ... the Green & Gold athlete also finished sixth overall in the triple jump (first for DII) with a mark of 45 feet, 05.25 inches (13.85 meters).

GNAC RECAP: Alaska Anchorage’s Christopher Brake, Felix Kemboi, Liam Lindsay, Tamara Perez, Danielle McCormick and the men’s 4x400-meter relay earned victories, while also setting three school records at the GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Ford Idaho Center, Feb. 16-17 in Nampa, Idaho ... the UAA men – the three-time defending champion – finished second with 108 points, just behind champion Concordia-Portland’s 114 points ... the No. 21-ranked women’s team finished fourth (83 pts) after Concordia-Portland (3rd, 93 pts) and co-champions Central Washington and Seattle Pacific, who both tallied 136 points ... in total, the men earned 13 all-conference honors – placing in the top three individually and as relay members – while the women earned 12 ... sophomore Christopher Brake was named the GNAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet after winning the triple jump, finishing second in the high jump, and placing third in the long jump ... Brake leapt a program-best and an NCAA provisional mark of 47 feet, 7.25 inches in the triple jump – which also ties him for sixth in GNAC indoor history ... senior Liam Lindsay established a provisional standard with a victorious time of 48.50 in the 400 meters and followed with a fourth-place result (22.12) in the 200 ... he then anchored the winning 4x400-meter relay – which also included Nicholas Taylor, Darrion Gray, and Daniel Remington – to a time of 3:16.44 ... freshman Felix Kemboi surged with 500 meters to go to become the sixth Seawolf man to win the 5,000 meters, crossing the line in 15:12.63 ... Kemboi and Brandon Nicholson also tallied eight points with runner-up performances ... Kemboi clocked 8:33.92 in the 3000 meters ... Nicholson covered 46 feet, 6 inches in the triple jump for a Seawolf 1-2 finish ... Gray finished runner-up Saturday in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes in school-record fashion ... he ran 6.92 seconds in the 60-meter dash Friday and Saturday and clocked 21.60 in the 200 (Feb. 16), bettering his 21.62 from prelims ... his new mark of 21.60 is tied for second in league history and improves his provisional standing ... on the women’s side, junior Danielle McCormick ran to victory in the 800 (2:09.19), while senior Tamara Perez secured victory in the mile (5:00.52) ... the 800 was dominated by Seawolves and saw huge improvements by Ruth Cvancara (Dimond HS) ... Cvancara posted an NCAA provisional time of 2:11.34 (third), edging teammate Yemi Knight (2:11.49) ... Perez finished in seventh (2:15.43) after her win in the mile ... McCormick and Perez own automatic berths to nationals, while Cvancara and Knight share provisional marks ... Vanessa Aniteye finished second and set her own provisional standard in the 400-meter dash (56.03) ... the 4x400-meter relay (Aniteye, Knight, Perez, McCormick) captured third place with a time of 3:51.46 ... UAA was well represented in the 3000 meters ... Zennah Jepchumba (fifth, 10:04.57), Emmah Chelimo (sixth, 10:08.10), and Kimberly Coscia (eighth, 10:21.44) tallied points.