WHAT: Husky Classic / UW Open 
WHEN: Feb. 9-11 (All Day)
WHERE: Seattle, Wash. -- Dempsey Indoor Center 
LIVE VIDEO: FloTrack ($) -- (Husky Classic) / (UW Open)

ON TAP: The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams compete in their final regular season meets of the indoor campaign at the Husky Classic Classic (Feb. 9-10) and UW Open (Feb. 11), hosted by the Univ. of Washington in Seattle.

HUSKY INVITE RECAP: The Alaska Anchorage women’s distance medley relay and sophomore heptathlete David Sramek posted an NCAA provisional qualifying marks at the Husky Invitational in Seattle ... Danielle McCormick, Vanessa Aniteye, Tamara Perez, and Emmah Chelimo eclipsed the provisional standard in the DMR of 12 minutes, 5.41 seconds, clocking a time of 11 minutes, 54.45 seconds ... the relay squad finished ninth out of 24 teams, and fourth for Div. II ...  Sramek tallied an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 4,692 points, surpassing the standard of 4,671 points ... finishing sixth out of 14 competitors (fourth for Div. II) in the two-day competition, his three best events were the 1,000 meters (2:44.65, 822 pts), pole vault (14 feet, 5.25 inches, 731 pts), and the 60-meter dash (7.45, 729 pts) ... the women’s program was led by Soldotna’s Danielle McCormick ... McCormick completed 800 meters in 2:11.78, good for 15th place (3rd DII) ... this is the second consecutive meet McCormick has met the provisional standard for the event (2:14.06) ... junior Kimberly Coscia clocked a five-kilometer time of 18:09.11 to etch her name in the UAA record book, becoming the sixth fastest individual in program history ... Marie Ries covered 200 meters in 26.32 and 60 meters in 8.13 ... other strong performers included Vanessa Aniteye (58.59, 400 meters), Tamara Perez (2:16.08, 800 meters), and Mariah Burroughs (5:08.73, mile) ... Aniteye, McCormick, Perez, and Yvonne Jeschke competed in the women’s 4x400-meter relay and finished in 3:57.45 ...  the men’s 4x400-meter relay of  Nicholas Taylor, Darrion Gray, Daniel Remington, and Liam Lindsay crossed the line in 3:18.41, narrowly missing the provisional time of 3:17.19 ... UAA finished fourth (second for DII) out of nine teams ... the men’s DMR also had a strong performance ... Kaleb Korta, Taylor, Lindsay, and Felix Kemboi finished ninth overall (fourth in DII) in 10:14.81 ... Gray and Oshane Hylton ran in the 60- and 200-meter dashes ... Gray clocked 7.16 (60 meters) and 22.40 (200 meters, 2nd for DII), while Hylton crossed the line in 7.14 (60 meters) and 22.66 (200 meters, 4th for DII) ... UAA’s 400-meter runners posted their best times of season, narrowly missing the provisional standard of 48.64 ... Lindsay cracked the top 10 (fourth for DII) with a time of 49.06 ... Taylor (49.27, sixth DII) and Remington (50.38, 11th DII) also competed.

UW PREVIEW RECAP: UAA began their season in strong fashion at the Washington Indoor Preview at the Dempsey Indoor Center in Seattle ... Danielle McCormick and Christopher Brake both posted NCAA Championships provisional qualifying marks, while Oshane Hylton and Yvonne Jeschke tied or established new school records ... McCormick - UAA’s indoor and outdoor female record holder at 800 meters - registered a  provisional time of 2 minutes, 11.17 seconds (8th nationally)... the Soldotna junior, who’s indoor record is 2:10.68, finished first among all collegiate competitors at the meet and third behind two professional runners ... sophomore Christopher Brake leaped higher and further than any DII athletes in two events .... Brake recorded a provisional high jump of 6-08.75 (22nd nationally) - moving into third all-time in school history - and followed with a triple jump of 45-05.25 ... sophomore transfer Oshane Hylton tied the 60-meter school record in his semifinal heat, clocking 6.97 seconds ... Cody Thomas set the record on Jan. 16, 2016 ... junior Yvonne Jeschke established a school record in the 600 meters (1:38.80), a non-championship event ... other women’s top performers included Tamara Perez, who finished the meet as the fastest DII runner in the mile, clocking 5:08.83 ... following closely behind in second for DII was fellow senior Mariah Burroughs in 5:09.36 ... McCormick, Perez and Jeschke teamed up with sophomore Vanessa Aniteye on the women’s 4x400-meter relay team, finishing first among Div. II programs in 3:58.61 ... sophomore Marie Ries performed well in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes ... she tied her collegiate best of 7.94 at 60 meters (3rd for DII) and covered 200 meters in 26.30 (5th for DII) ... on the men’s side, the 4x400-meter squad of Daniel Remington, Darrion Gray, Nicholas Taylor, and Liam Lindsay bested all other DII teams, clocking 3:22.58 for fourth overall ... Lindsay was the second swiftest DII runner for 400 meters, crossing the line at 49.51 ... Gray ran 7.04 in the 60-meter dash and 22.31 for 200 meters ... freshman Felix Kemboi debuted in the 3,000 meters and became the 10th fastest Seawolf in the event (8:33.11, 5th DII).

BRAKE HONORED BY GNAC: Alaska Anchorage sophomore Christopher Brake was named Men’s Field Athlete of the Week by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, following his NCAA Championships provisional qualifying high jump of 6 feet, 8.75 inches at the UW Preview in Seattle, Wash ... Brake, from Nelson, New Zealand, nailed his second attempt at 6-8.75 (2.05 meters) to move into a tie for ninth in the GNAC record book and improve his leap of 6-7 set at the 2016 GNAC Indoor Championships ... he surpassed the NCAA Championships provisional qualifying mark of 6-8.25 (2.04 meters) and currently sits third on the UAA men’s all-time indoor list ... Brake placed third overall and best among Div. II athletes ... the Green & Gold athlete also finished sixth overall in the triple jump (first for DII) with a mark of 45 feet, 05.25 inches (13.85 meters).

2018 OUTLOOK: UAA returns 26 athletes (14 women, 12 men) who have already competed for the Green & Gold ... five total 2017 All-Americans return, including sophomore Vanessa Aniteye (4x400) - who broke the 400-meter school record (55.89) - and Caroline Kurgat (3,000 meters) for the women as well as the majority of the 4x400 men’s squad (Darrion Gray, Liam Lindsay, Nicholas Taylor) ... 2016 All-America senior Tamara Perez in the DMR is back for the women’s squad, owning the second fastest times in school history for the 800 meters (2:10.97) and one mile (4:53.09) .. Soldotna’s Danielle McCormick will contend with Perez, bettering her own indoor 800-meter record (2:10.68) during the outdoor season (2:07.60) .... senior Henry Cheseto runs for the UAA men again, after earning both the third highest marks in program history at 3,000 meters (8:11.81) and 5,000 meters (14:12.99) in 2016  ... David Sramek will also be a threat in several events, including the pentathlon ... the Seawolves welcome three transfers that look to make an impact instantly in the shorter and middle distance events ... junior Yemi Knight joins the women’s program after competing for Div. I Jackson State, while Oshane Hylton (Lincoln Univ. of Missouri) and Eduardo Orozco (Hartnell College) bolster the men’s roster.