NEW ORLEANS, 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.

The 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.