ON TAP: Fourteen members of the Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams head to Birmingham, Ala., for the 2017 NCAA Div. II Indoor Championships, March 9-11 at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The University of Alabama in Huntsville and the Birmingham CrossPlex will serve as co-hosts of the championships.

WHAT: 2017 NCAA Div. II Indoor Championships
WHEN: March 9-11, 2017
WHERE: Birmingham, Ala.  - Birmingham CrossPlex
LIVE RESULTS: http://www.leonetiming.com/2017/Indoor/NCAADII/
NOTES:  A program-high-tying 14 (seven men, seven women) Seawolves will make the trek south ... UAA will compete in nine races and three relays –men’s & women’s 4x400-meter relays and the women’s distance medley relay ... leading the way with three races is senior Jamie Ashcroft, who will make her third indoor appearance ... the Shawnigan Lake B.C, native will compete in the 200 meters, 60 meters and 4x400 meters ... also competing in individual events are junior Caroline Kurgat (3,000m), sophomore Danielle McCormick (800m) and junior Tamara Perez (1 mile) ... making up the 4x400-meter relay are freshman Vanessa Aniteye, Ashcroft, senior Hayley Bezanson and senior Mary-Kathleen Cross ... in the DMR, the Seawolves will compete with Cross, Kurgat, McCormick and Perez ... meanwhile on the men’s side, senior Dominik Notz will compete in his second indoor championships, participating in the 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters ... he finished fourth in both events last season, earning All-America honors ... competing in the heptathlon is senior Travis Turner, while senior Tevin Gladden (long jump) will also compete in an individual event ... making up the men’s 4x400-meter relay are senior Adam Commandeur, junior Darrion Gray, sophomore Nicholas Taylor and junior Liam Lindsay.

ALL-WEST REGION HONORS: The Seawolves were honored with two All-West Region honors on March 7 ... claiming his first Men’s Head Coach of the Year honor for the indoor season was Michael Friess ... Friess has received the honor three other times for the indoor competition, all on the women’s side ... additionally, Friess earned the same honor for the outdoor season in 2009 ... joining Friess is senior Jamie Ashcroft ... Ashcroft collected the Women’s Track Athlete of the Year honor, becoming UAA’s first sprinter ever to receive the honor ... meanwhile, three other GNAC members were honored by the USTFCCCA.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Seawolves combined for 27 NCAA qualifying times/marks – including 15 with top-20 rankings and 6 top-10s ... qualifying for the NCAAs with the Seawolves’ best ranking is senior Jamie Ashcroft at No. 4 in the 200 meters with a GNAC-record time of 24.09 ... Ashcroft also qualified in the 60 meters, where she sits at No. 14, and is a member of the 4x400-meter relay ... entering the NCAAs with a No. 7 ranking is junior Caroline Kurgat in the 3,000 meters at 9:31.1 ... Kurgat is also on the women’s distance medley relay that enters at No. 10 this weekend at 11:39.2 ... on the men’s side, UAA’s top qualifiers are seniors Dominik Notz and Travis Turner, both entering their respective events at No. 6 ... Notz will compete in the 5,000 meters (No. 6) and the 3,000 meters (No. 15), while Turner will look to improve upon his heptathlon score of 5,211 ... additionally, the men’s 4x400-meter sits at No. 10 heading into the championships at 3:13.7.

USTFCCCA RANKINGS: Heading into the NCAA Championships, the Seawolves are not ranked in either of the latest U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association national poll ... the women’s team fell out of the rankings after sitting at No. 24 on  Week 6 (Feb. 28) ... the men’s team were ranked No. 19 in the preseason release, but have failed to return to the top-25.