WHAT: GNAC Championships
WHEN: Feb. 15-16
WHERE: Ford Idaho Center, Nampa, Idaho
Alaska Anchorage will head to Nampa, Idaho for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 15-16. 
UAA at the GNAC Championships
2019 will mark the seventh time that Alaska Anchorage will compete at the GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The men’s team has never finished worse than second and has won the team title three times (2015, 2016 and 2017). The women have finished on the podium five times, including three titles (2013, 2014 and 2016). 
Returning Champions
UAA will be sending many returning GNAC Champions to Nampa, Idaho. Felix Kemboi is the defending champion in the 5,000 and the Seawolves have won the men’s 5,000 at the last six championships. Wesley Kirui and Edwin Kangogo are currently ranked 1-2 in the league. Chris Brake will look to defend his title in the triple, but he is currently ranked behind Zach Whittaker of Central Washington. Brandon Nicholson is ranked third. Danielle McCormick is currently ranked third in the 800 after claiming the title a year ago. The Seawolves have additional three women, Ruth Cvancara, Yemi Knight and Yvonne Jeschke, ranked in the top-10. Caroline Kurgat won both the mile and 5,000 in 2017 before redshirting the 2018 season. Kurgat has not raced the mile this season, but has set the all-time NCAA Div. II record in both the 3,000 (9:07.05) and 5,000 (15:28.46). The Seawolves have won the women’s mile at the last three championships, each time by a different woman (Joyce Chelimo (2016), Caroline Kurgat (2017) and Tamara Perez (2018). Daniel Remington is the only returner from the men’s 4x400 championship team from 2018. The Seawolves have won the last three and four of the last five GNAC titles in the men’s 4x400. Vanessa Aniteye is the only returning member of the women’s 4x400 relay that won in 2017. 
Looking Ahead
Alaska Anchorage will compete NCAA Div. II Indoor Track and Field Championships host by Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kansas.