XC heads to national championships
Alaska Anchorage will close out the season at the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa., Saturday. Cross country will join men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and women’s field hockey as sports participating in the NCAA Div. II Fall Festival.
UAA at NCAA Championships
The Seawolves have been regulars at the NCAA Championships as the men will be making their 14th trip and the women will be making their 13th, and 11th in a row, to the championships. The men have finished as high as third twice (2012 & 2015). The women finished fourth in 2013. The Seawolves have had an individual champion on both the men’s and women’s side with Micah Chelimo winning in 2012 and Caroline Kurgat in 2017.
UAA at NCAA Regional
Junior Emmah Chelimo remained undefeated on the season with a win at the NCAA Championships in a time of 20:57 over the six-kilometer course. Chelimo, who was named the USTFCCA Women’s West Region Runner of the Year, is the sixth Seawolf to win a regional title.
Felix Kemboi nearly pulled off the win in the men’s race but came up two seconds short finishing second in a time of 30:50 over the 10-kilometer course.
The UAA women won their fifth regional title with a score of 66. The Seawolves previous titles came in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
UAA had eight runners earn All-Region honors; Emmah Chelimo, Nancy Jeptoo, Zennah Jepchumba, Danielle McCormick, Felix Kemboi, Wesley Kirui, Jorge Sanchez and Nickson Koech.
The men’s race at the NCAA West Regional was the first time this season that a Seawolf man hasn’t won the individual race. Felix Kemboi finished second just two seconds behind the winner from Chico State.
Coach of the Year
UAA head coach Michael Friess was named the USTFCCCA West Region Woman’s Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career.
GNAC Team of the Week
The Alaska Anchorage women’s team was named the GNAC Team of the Week for the second time this season after winning the NCAA West Regional Championship.
Both the men’s and women’s teams are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA National Polls. The women moved up to spots from seventh to fifth while the men fell six spots from seventh to 13th.