THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves’ men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams switch gears to the outdoor scene this weekend when they head to Sacramento, Calif., for the Hornet Invitational, March 17-18.

WHAT: Sacramento State Hornet Invitational
WHEN: March 17-18, 2017 - Starting at 11:30 a.m. ADT Friday and 8:45 a.m. ADT Saturday
WHERE: Sacramento, Calif. - Hornet Stadium
NOTES: The Seawolves will send nine athletes to compete at the invitational, including four in the multi events – senior Karolin Anders and freshman Elena Cano in the heptathlon and senior Travis Turner and freshman David Sramek in the decathlon ... additionally, Anders (100m, SP) and Cano (100mH) will compete in open events as well ... competing in open events for the men are junior Justin Carrancho (1500), senior Tevin Gladden (HJ, LJ) and freshman Christoph Sander (1500) ... for the women; freshman Marie Ries (100m, 200m) and sophomore Yvonne Jeschke (100mH, 400mH).

2017 INDOOR SEASON RECAP: The Seawolves concluded the indoor season last weekend when they sent 14 athletes to the NCAA Div. II Championships in Birmingham, Ala., March 9-11 ... UAA returned home with a program-best 12 All-America honors ... picking up two All-America honors were seniors Jamie Ashcroft (200m, 4x4mR) and Dominik Notz (3K, 5K) ... meanwhile, junior Caroline Kurgat furnished UAA’s highest finish, taking third in the 3,000 meters ... both the men’s (8th) and women’s (7th) 4x400-meter relays earned the honor as well ... additionally, the Seawolves landed 18 on the All-West Region team, collected eight conference titles and 30 All-Conference honors ... Ashcroft was named NCAA West Region Track Athlete of the Year and the GNAC’s Most Outstanding Track Performer, while head coach Michael Friess was named NCAA West Region Coach of the Year for the men’s team.

2016 OUTDOOR SEASON RECAP: The nationally ranked Seawolves concluded the 2016 outdoor slate with an NCAA Champion in senior Cody Thomas, who won the decathlon with a school record 7,590 points ... the GNAC Male Athlete of the Year, Thomas led UAA to a tie for 14th at the NCAA Championships, while the women’s team finished tied for 51st ... Thomas was one of three All-America First-Team honorees along with senior Cody Parker (javelin) and then-sophomore Caroline Kurgat (5,000 meters) ... meanwhile, the Seawolves used eight GNAC individual titles and 12 all-conference performers to finish first on the men’s side and third in the women’s competition - giving Michael Friess GNAC’s Men’s Coach of the Year honor ... additionally, the Seawolves landed 14 on the All-West Region team, while senior Joyce Chelimo was named West Region Female Athlete of the Year and Ryan McWilliams was named West Region Assistant Coach of the Year ... academically, 17 Seawolves landed on the GNAC All-Academic Team.

2016 NCAA REVIEW: Three Seawolves came away with First-Team All-America honors in seniors Cody Thomas and Cody Parker and then-sophomore Caroline Kurgat ... Thomas became the fourth NCAA Outdoor Champion for the Seawolves with a UAA-record decathlon score of 7,590 points ... Parker finished runner-up in the javelin at 228-11, while Kurgat earned All-America honors in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:44.84 ... the men’s team finished the championships tied for 14th with 18 points after 21 events scored, while the women’s team finished tied for 51st with three points ... additionally, the Seawolves received six All-America Second-Team honors.