THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves’ men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams head to Salem, Ore., for the annual Willamette Invitational, March 25 on the Charles Bowels Track.

WHAT: Willamette Invitational
WHEN: March 25, 2017 - 8 a.m. ADT to 6 p.m. ADT
WHERE: Salem, Ore. - Willamette University, Charles Bowels Track

USTFCCCA NATIONAL POLLS: The UAA men’s team starts the season with a No. 21 ranking in Div. II on Week 1 of the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association national poll ... the Seawolves are the lone GNAC team to make the top 25 ... on the women’s side, UAA sits at No. 45 in the computer rankings ... meanwhile Central Washington leads the league at No. 32, while Western Oregon is No. 34 and Western Washington is No. 37.

LAST TIME OUT: The Seawolves registered one automatic NCAA qualifying (ANQ) mark and four provisional NCAA qualifying (PNQ) marks in their first weekend of outdoor competition at the Hornet Invite ... leading the way with the ANQ in the heptathlon was senior Karolin Anders ... from Berlin, Germany, Anders returned to action for the Green & Gold with her best performance since the 2014 outdoor season, jumping from third to first after Day 1. Anders registered 5,180 points to win the event and book herself to her final NCAA championship ... additionally, Anders set a PNQ mark in the high jump at 5-6.5 ... in the decathlon, senior Travis Turner (Stockton, Calif.) captured the crown with a PNQ mark of 6,761, besting second-place David Sramek (6,381) by 380 points ... Sramek, from Klatovy, Czech Republic, also set a PNQ mark ... also collecting a PNQ mark was senior Tevin Gladden ... from Fairbanks, Gladden went 6-8.75 in the open high jump, placing second.

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.