THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s track & field teams will send athletes to the 54th annual Mt. SAC Relays on April 19-21, while the rest of the Seawolves will compete at the Bryan Clay Invitational on April 20 and at the Long Beach State Invitational on April 21.
MEET DETAILS WHO: University and College teams, clubs and unattached individuals WHAT: Mt. SAC Relays, Bryan Clay Invite and Long Beach State Invite WHEN: April 19-21 (Mt. SAC), April 20 (Bryan Clay), April 21 (Long Beach) WHERE: Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, Calif. (Mt. SAC), Cougar Athletic Stadium, Azusa, Calif. (Bryan Clay) and at Cerritos College, Norwalk, Calif. (Long Beach) MEDIA: Complete results and recap will be posted at GoSeawolves.com, UAA’s Facebook and Twitter sites ... live results and webcast for the Mt. SAC Relays can be found at www.mtsacrelays.com.
SEAWOLF BITES: The Seawolves have registered three GNAC records this season, improved nine school records (6 women, 3 men) and posted 61 top-10 results in the all-time UAA record book (29 men, 32 women) ... the Seawolves are the only GNAC school with more than one league record this season ... UAA leads the GNAC in 14 events, including 13 of the 24 running events ... currently, UAA has three NCAA automatic times and 18 provisional times/marks, all ranking in the top 25 in Div. II ... the Seawolves have 11 times/marks in the top 10 nationally ... UAA was ranked for the third straight week, with the men sitting at No. 15 and the women at No. 8, on April 10 ... the men’s team has been ranked in the top 20 since the beginning of the 2010 season ... the next poll will come out on April 17. See complete poll on page 3.
ATHLETE NOTES: Currently with the second-fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase in Div. II is sophomore Susan Tanui with a GNAC-record and automatic time of 10:15.47, set April 6 ... Tanui, from Eldoret, Kenya, also ranks 12th in the 5,000 meters, good for 8th in the conference record book ... Tanui trails Adams State’s Alicia Nelson (10:14.66) ... senior Hallidie Wilt also booked a ticket to the NCAAs in the steeplechase with a time of 10:31.30, good for third in the nation and the second-fastest in GNAC history ... Wilt, from Unalaska, also ranks 14th in the 5K in the NCAAs ... sophomore Haleigh Lloyd became the first Seawolf this season to break a GNAC record, setting the 400-meter hurdle record at 59.98 – bypassing the previous record of 1:00.31, set by Western Washington’s Heidi Dimmitt in 2009 ... the time currently ranks her third in the nation ... Lloyd not only broke her own school record in the 400mH on March 31, but also in the 100-meter hurdles, registering a new time of 14.42 ... the Ladysmith, B.C. native was also a member of the 4x100-meter relay that set a school record at 48.05, .50 seconds faster than the previous record of 48.54 ... sophomore Ivy O’Guinn is ranked in three events – 1500 meters (8th, 4:30.83) and 5K (13th, 17:05.56) and 800 meters (14th, 2:12.26) ... her 1500m and 5K are the ninth-fastest times in GNAC history ... also posting top-10 ranks in Div. II are seniors Ruth Keino (4th) and Kelsea Johnson (8th), in the 5K and heptathlon, respectively ... Keino set the UAA record in the 5K at 16:34.28 at the Stanford Invite, while Johnson broke her UAA record in the heptathlon with 4,838 points ... also holding provisional times for UAA are sophomore Susan Bick (23rd, 2:13.98) in the 800 meters, Miriam Kipng’eno (9th, 16:54.43) in the 5K and rookie Bryn Haebe (24th, 11:08.23) in the steeplechase ... Grace Morgan is giving UAA some respectable numbers as a rookie ... a local of Salt Spring Island, B.C., Morgan has the second-fastest 200-meter time for UAA at 24.98, good for third-fastest in the GNAC record book, while posting the third-fastest 100-meter time for the Seawolves at 12.49 ... on the men’s side, junior Micah Chelimo leads Div. II in the 5K with a GNAC-record and automatic time of 13:53.51 ... a local of Kapkoi, Kenya, Chelimo also ranks 5th in the steeplechase with a provisional time of 8:56.37 ... Chelimo needs to drop .37 seconds for automatic qualification in the steeplechase ... senior All-American Shaun Ward has the 12th-fastest 400-meter time at 52.74, while freshman Cody Parker has the sixth-best javelin toss in the nation and the UAA record at 211-01... Parker, from Comox, B.C., needs a toss of 213-4 for automatic qualification ... the GNAC record in the javelin is 223-2 by Josh Heidegger (2009) ... senior Alfred Kangogo registered a provisional time in the 1500 meters at Stanford with a time of 3:50.02, currently good for 8th-best in the NCAA.
GNAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Junior Micah Chelimo and sophomore Susan Tanui were selected as the GNAC’s Athletes of the Week on April 9, following their performances at the Stanford Invite ... Chelimo broke the league record in the 5,000 meters on April 6 with a time of 13:53.51, winning his section ... the previous record was held by former UAA All-American Marko Cheseto at 13:58.85 (2010) ... Chelimo, who now has four career weekly honors, easily met the NCAA automatic time of 14:00.30 and is currently the fastest in Div. II ... Chelimo also earned the same distinction on March 19 ... Tanui collected her first GNAC record with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 10:15.47 in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, smashing the previous record of 10:35.32 ... Tanui shares the weekly honor with Seattle Pacific’s Brittany Aanstad ... to date, five Seawolves have been named GNAC Athletes of the Week ... in addition to Tanui and Chelimo’s two honors, senior Hallidie Wilt, sophomore Haleigh Lloyd and freshman Cody Parker have each received a weekly accolade this season.
UP NEXT: The multi-eventers will compete at their portion of the GNAC Championships on April 30 and May 1 in Nampa, Idaho, while the rest of the Seawolves will head to Eagle Rock, Calif., for the Occidental Invitational.