THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves’ men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams will send 33 student-athletes to the Bay Area, March 31- April 1, when they compete at the San San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

WHAT: San Francisco State Distance Carnival
WHEN: March 31 - April 1, 2017
WHERE: San Francisco, Calif. - Cox Stadium
NOTES: The Seawolves will be without senior All-American sprinter Jamie Ashcroft, who suffered an injury last week, and senior All-American Karolin Anders ... meanwhile, senior All-American Dominik Notz will make his season outdoor debut in the 5,000 meters ... Notz hasn’t competed since the indoor NCAAs.

USTFCCCA NATIONAL POLLS: After starting the season at No. 21, the UAA men’s team fell out of the top 25 in Week 2 of the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association national poll ... UAA sits just outside at No. 26 ... on the women’s side, UAA moved up from 45th to 40th in the computer rankings.

NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS: 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.

LAST TIME OUT: The Seawolves concluded the Willamette Invitational with four first-place finishes and one broken school record on March 25 ... UAA received a new school record from junior Grant George in the men’s shot put ... the Grace Christian graduate finished second in the event with a toss of 49-10.5, besting his previous record of 48-2.75 – registered April 17, 2015 ... additionally, the Seawolves received a first-place showing from sophomore Danielle McCormick in the 800 meters ... he Soldotna local, who competed in the same event at the NCAA indoor championships, registered a winning-time of 2:15.41 ... the Seawolves also received three relay wins.

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 and GNAC co-Coach of the Year for the men’s team.