UAA starts 2012 with Hawaii meets
2011 SEASON RECAP: The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s cross country running teams completed with regular season with a perfect 12 team victories before finishing sixth on the women’s side and eighth on the men’s side at the 2011 NCAA Div. II Championships for the second straight season ... combined, UAA received four All-America honors ... both squads swept the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships and NCAA Div. II West Region Championships for the second consecutive year, while landing 12 on the All-West Region team and eight on the All-Conference team ... individually, senior Ruth Keino, who completed the regular season undefeated, and Micah Chelimo were each named the West Region and GNAC Female and Male Runners of the Year, respectively ... for the second straight year, head coach Michael Friess swept the men’s and women’s West Region and GNAC Coach of the Year honors.
2011 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The historic 2011 cross country season came to an end with the women’s squad finishing sixth and the men’s team eighth at the 2011 NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships on Nov. 19 at the Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex in Spokane, Wash. ... following an undefeated regular season, the women’s team finished with a program-best 152 points at NCAAs, good for sixth place for the second straight year ... also undefeated throughout the year, the men’s team tied its program-high eighth-place showing from 2010 with 290 points ... the UAA women, who were ranked No. 4 going into the Championships, landed a program-best three Seawolves on the All-America team, while the lone Seawolf on the men’s team to earn All-America honors was Micah Chelimo ... leading with a team-high 9th-place finish was senior Ruth Keino, while Miriam Kipng’eno (32nd) and Ivy O’Guinn (33rd) also collected All-America accolades.
UAA’S HISTORY AT NATIONALS: UAA has been involved in 14 team competitions and has sent three individuals to Div. II Nationals since 2000 ... on the men’s side, head coach Michael Friess has qualified 8 teams, with a top team placing of 8th in 2010 and 2011 ... individually, Tobias Schwoerer became the first Seawolf to compete at a cross country Nationals when he qualified in 2000 ... Schwoerer went on to make two more appearances at the national level, including a 35th place in 2001, giving him All-American status ... current graduate assistant David Kiplagat leads UAA with four NCAA appearances, while senior Marko Cheseto has the highest individual finish at 9th (2008) ... Micah Chelimo has led the men’s squad for a program-best three seasons at the NCAAs, with his highest placing of 15th coming this season ... on the women’s side, the Seawolves posted UAA’s best-ever finish in 2009 (5th) ... four Seawolves have earned All-America honors – Elizabeth Chepkosgei (2008), Ruth Keino (2010, 2009, 2011), Miriam Kipng’eno (2010, 2009, 2011) and Ivy O’Guinn (2011) ... Keino holds the highest placing at 7th, accomplished in 2010 ... the 2005 Nationals in Chino, Calif., marked the first time that both teams qualified in the same season, an occurrence that has repeated in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
AWARDS & HONORS: The Seawolves wrapped up the 2011 slate with a record number of accolades, including a program-best three All-America honors on the women’s side and a combined 12 on the All-West Region team ... eight Seawolves landed on the All-GNAC team, the most since 2009, while eight were named to the GNAC All-Academic team, the most since 2007 ... senior Ruth Keino became the first UAA woman to win a GNAC and West Region crown, sweeping the GNAC and West Region Female Athlete of the Year honors ... joining Keino with the same distinction was Micah Chelimo on the men’s side ... 22nd-year head coach Michael Friess earned his 11th and 12th GNAC Coach of the Year honors, while claiming his 4th and 5th West Region Coach of the Year awards ... Dylan Anthony and Bryn Haebe collected the GNAC’s Freshman of the Year honors.
NCAA WEST REGION RECAP: Sparked by individual titles by senior Ruth Keino and Micah Chelimo, the Seawolves stayed undefeated on the season, sweeping the 2011 NCAA Div. II West Region Championships Nov. 5 in Spokane, Wash. ... the women’s team won with 27 points over Chico State, while the men’s team posted 37 points for a two-point victory over the Wildcats ... overall the Seawolves placed 12 runners in the top 25 for All-West Region honors ... Keino won the women’s race by 27 seconds, while Chelimo edged his Chico State foe by one second at the finish line.