2017 SEASON RECAP: The men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams 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 and GNAC Coach of the Year for the men’s team.

GNAC COACH OF THE YEAR: Head coach Michael Friess was named GNAC’s Men’s co-Coach of the Year ...Friess, who is in his 27th season of competition with the Green & Gold, furnished his 31st career conference award ... Friess’ 31 conference honors span cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field.

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.

NCAA RECAP: The Seawolves concluded the indoor season with a UAA-record 12 All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Div. II Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex ... the Seawolves, who furnished four individual All-America results and two relays, also set one GNAC record and one UAA record in the process ... on the women’s side, the Seawolves furnished 10 points, good for a tie at No. 21, while taking a tie at No. 28 on the men’s side with seven points ... picking up UAA’s highest finish of the meet with a career-best third-place finish in the 3,000 meters was junior Caroline Kurgat ... Kurgat posted a career-best time of 9:27.09 ... for the second straight year, senior Dominic Notz furnished two All-America honors at the indoor meet ... the Dettingen, Germany, native finished seventh in the 3,000-meter race with a GNAC-record time of 8:07.28, two days after taking fourth in the 5,000 meters ... rounding out her final indoor season with her third straight NCAA appearance was senior Jamie Ashcroft ...  Ashcroft collected her second career All-America award and became the first Seawolf ever to finish in the top 8 in an indoor sprinting event, taking 7th in the 200 meters ... Ashcroft then received All-America honors in the 4x400-meter relay, helping the team to a seventh-place result ... the men’s team also earned All-America honors in the relay.

BROKEN RECORDS: UAA concluded the 2017 indoor season with three new GNAC records and 11 new UAA records (5 men, 6 women) ... breaking the conference record in the 60 meters (7.54) and 200 meters (24.09) was senior Jamie Ashcroft ... meanwhile, senior Dominik Notz broke the 3,000-meter record with a new time of 8:07.28 ... other records broken on the men’s side were in the 400 meters by senior Adam Commandeur, who tied the previous record of 48.31 by Ethan Hewitt; the pole vault by freshman David Sramek (14-10); the long jump by senior Tevin Gladden (24-1.75) and the men’s distance medley relay (9:55.86) ... on the women’s side, freshman Vanessa Aniteye set the 400-meter record (55.89); sophomore Danielle McCormick set the 800-meters (2:10.68) and junior Caroline Kurgat set the one mile (4:53.07) ... additionally, the 4x400-meter record was broken at 3:45.10.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Seawolves combined for 27 NCAA qualifying times/marks – including 15 with top-20 rankings and 6 top-10s – throughout the season ... qualifying for the NCAAs with the Seawolves’ best ranking was senior Jamie Ashcroft ... Ashcroft posted the fourth-fastest time in the 200 meters with a GNAC-record time of 24.09 ... Ashcroft also qualified for the NCAAs in the 60 meters at No. 14 ... qualifying to the NCAAs with a No. 7 ranking was junior Caroline Kurgat in the 3,000 meters at 9:31.1 ... Kurgat was also on the women’s distance medley relay that entered at No. 10 at 11:39.2 ... on the men’s side, UAA’s top qualifiers were seniors Dominik Notz and Travis Turner, both qualifying in their respective events at No. 6 ... Notz competed in the 5,000 meters (No. 6) and the 3,000 meters (No. 15), while Turner made it into the heptathlon with a score of 5,211 ... additionally, the men’s 4x400-meter entered at No. 10 at 3:13.7.

USTFCCCA RANKINGS: Throughout the season, the women’s team were ranked six times ... UAA finished the season ranked tied for No. 21 following the NCAA Championships ... the Seawolves entered the national U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association poll on Week 2 at No. 21 and reached as high as No. 18 on Week 5 ... the men’s team were ranked No. 19 in the preseason poll, but failed to crack the top-25 the rest of the season.