Wash. - Alaska Anchorage senior Micah Chelimo and junior Susan Tanui were named
the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association West Region
Athletes of the Year on Wednesday.
For the fourth
straight year UAA was the recipient of the West Region Male Athlete of the Year
honor, after Chelimo, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion from
Kapkoi, Kenya, earned his second straight accolade by winning the NCAA Div. II
West Region Championships on Nov. 3. Former UAA All-American Marko
Cheseto garnered the honor in 2010 and 2009.
A local of
Eldoret, Kenya, Tanui became the second UAA woman to be named the West Region
Female Athlete of the Year, after she cruised to victory at the West Region
championships last Saturday. Tanui, who also won the GNAC title in October, followed
former All-American Ruth Keino, who took the honor in 2011.
Seawolves, ranked No. 6 in the women's poll and No. 7 in the men's, are idle
this weekend as they prepare for the NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships
on Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo.