UAA posts record-breaking year in 2012
GNAC TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: UAA junior Micah Chelimo was voted the GNAC Outdoor Track & Field Male Athlete-of-the-Year, while classmate Susan Tanui furnished co-GNAC Female Athlete-of-the-Year honors, announced by the league on May 31 ... Chelimo, from Kapkoi, Kenya was a unanimous selection receiving all nine first-place votes from the league's coaches, while Tanui, a local of Eldoret, Kenya, shared the honor with Seattle Pacific's Brittany Aanstad, each receiving four first-place votes ... Tanui also received GNAC Female Newcomer-of-the-Year, earning all nine first-place votes ... joining Chelimo and Tanui with special awards were UAA's Cody Parker and Grace Morgan ... Parker (Comox, B.C.) and Morgan (Salt Spring Island, B.C.) were voted the GNAC Male and Female Freshman of the Year, respectively ... Western Oregon's Landon Burningham took home GNAC Male Newcomer-of-the-Year.
AT THE NCAAs: The Seawolves posted their best ever performance at the NCAA Div. II Track & Field Championships with the men's team finishing a program-best 9th and the women's team tying for 11th, also a program-best ... UAA was led by a program-record 18 points from NCAA 5,000 meters champion Micah Chelimo, who also finished runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase ... joining Chelimo with two All-America honors was junior Susan Tanui with a runner-up finish in the steeplechase and an 8th-place showing in the 5,000 meters ... combined, the Seawolves recorded a program-best 10 All-America honors ... also posting All-America honors were seniors Kelsea Johnson (7th, heptathlon) and Alfred Kangogo (5th, 1500m), junior Ruth Keino (7th, 5K), sophomores Haleigh Lloyd (7th, 400mH) and Ivy O'Guinn (7th, 1500m) and freshman Cody Parker (3rd, javelin).
HISTORY OF UAA AT THE NCAAs: The Seawolves' highest team results came in 2012, with the men's team recording its first top-10 performance, finishing 9th, while the women's team posted a program-best tie for 11th ... UAA athletes have now earned 31 All-American honors overall, including a program-best 10 this year ... prior to 2012, UAA had recorded five accolades in 2011, 2010 and 2009 ... the best individual performance was by Micah Chelimo, who became the second National champion for the Seawolves, winning the 5,000 meters, while finishing runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for a program-best 18 points in 2012 ... David Registe brought home UAA's first NCAA individual title in '08 (long jump) ... on the women's side, Susan Tanui now owns the Seawolves' top position, second, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase ... prior to this season, Mary Pearce led with a fourth-place finish in the 400 meters ... Chelimo and Tanui joined Marko Cheseto as the only Seawolves to garner two All-America honors in the same season, while Chelimo and Cheseto each hold four career All-America awards.
ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS: After helping the UAA track & field teams to the best season in program history, Seawolves Haleigh Lloyd, Micah Chelimo and Shaun Ward were recognized May 31 among the West Region's top scholar-athletes as the trio earned spots on the women's and men's Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country teams ... as all-district honorees, all three Seawolves now advance to the national ballot for a chance at Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades.
WEST REGION HONORS: Junior Micah Chelimo was named the 2012 NCAA Div. II West Region Male Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on May 17 ... Chelimo, from Kapkoi, Kenya, ranked third in NCAA Div. II in both the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000 meters in the regular season, with top times of 8:45.63 and 13:53.51, respectively ... Chelimo earned GNAC Athlete of the Meet honors after winning the 1500 meters and 5,000 meters and finishing second in the steeplechase ... Chelimo became the third UAA athlete to receive the distinction, joining Alfred Kangogo (2011) and David Registe (2009) ... head coach Michael Friess and assistant coach T.J. Garlatz were also honored by the USTFCCCA.
GNAC ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Thirteen Seawolves were among a total of 134 student-athletes - 77 women and 57 men - named to the 2012 GNAC Track & Field Academic all-star team on May 16 ... one of six men in the GNAC to be named to the team for the third time was senior Alfred Kangogo (nursing and nutrition major, 3.42) ... also receiving her third career honor was senior Miriam Kipng'eno (nursing, 3.43) ... earning their second academic awards of their careers were juniors Micah Chelimo (engineering, 3.41) and Thomas Hill (physical education, 3.25) on the men's side, and senior Shoshana Keegan (early childhood education, 3.37), junior Katie Krehlik (early childhood education, 3.54) and junior Ruth Keino (nursing and nutrition, 3.45) on the women's side ... meanwhile, claiming their first honors were seniors Dianne Chong (early childhood education, 3.22), Shaun Ward (management and marketing, 3.52) and Kelsea Johnson (Psychology, 3.21), and sophomores Travis Wilson (geomatics, 3.39), Haleigh Lloyd (nursing, 3.67) and Susan Bick (english, journalism & public communications, 3.22).
ALL-REGION HONORS: Thirteen Seawolves were among a total 1,274 athletes named May 15 to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) outdoor track & field Div. II All-Region Team ... the women's team was led by sophomore newcomer Susan Tanui (1500m, 5K, steeplechase) with three honors, while junior Ruth Keino (5K, 10K) and sophomore Ivy O'Guinn (800m, 1500m) each had two ... receiving one accolade were seniors Miriam Kipng'eno (5K), Kelsea Johnson (heptathlon) and Hallidie Wilt (steeplechase), sophomore Haleigh Lloyd (400mH) and freshman Grace Morgan (100m) ... the men's team was led by junior Micah Chelimo, who received honors for the 1500 meters, 5,000 meters and the 3,000-meter steeplechase ... seniors Alfred Kangogo (1500m) and Shaun Ward (400mH), junior Ethan Hewitt (400m) and freshman Cody Parker (javelin) each furnished one honor.
AT THE GNAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: The UAA women's track & field team finished second, while the men's squad was third at the 2012 GNAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 11-12 ... the UAA women's team, which furnished five of the top seven individual point totals, posted a program-best second place showing with 183 points, while the men's team, led by the Most Outstanding Male Performer Micah Chelimo, finished third with 123 points ... Seattle Pacific came away victorious on the women's side by five points with 188, while Western Washington claimed the men's crown with 205 points ... combined with two titles from Friday, the Seawolves earned a program-best 12 titles over the two-day haul ... overall, the Seawolves claimed 26 all-conference certificates and posted five school records.
SENIOR SEND OFF: At the conclusion of the 2012 slate, the Seawolves said goodbye to Alfred Kangogo, Shaun Ward, Micah Johnson and Yonatan Yilma on the men's side and Dianne Chong, Shoshana Keegan, Miriam Kipng'eno, Kelsea Johnson and Hallidie Wilt on the women's team.
SEAWOLF BITES: The Seawolves registered six GNAC records this season, improved 14 school records (9 women, 5 men) and posted 79 top-10 results in the all-time UAA record book (38 men, 41 women) ... UAA was ranked nationally throughout the entire season, with the men's team finishing with a season-high 9th place ranking in the final poll, while the women's team was ranked 8th in weeks 1-3 ... the men's team has been ranked in the top 20 since the beginning of the 2010 season.
GNAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Throughout the 2012 slate, the Seawolves received 8 GNAC Athlete of the Week accolades ... senior Hallide Wilt and freshman Cody Parker collected the first weekly honor on March 13, while junior Micah Chelimo earned his first on March 19 ... sophomore Haleigh Lloyd collected one on April 4, before Chelimo and Susan Tanui swept the honors on April 16 ... senior Shaun Ward was next on April 25, before Ivy O'Guinn earned UAA's final honor on May 7.