ON TAP: The Alaska Anchorage track & field team continues with the final two regular-season meets of the indoor campaign at the University of Washington’s Husky Classic, Feb. 8-9 and Open Meet, Feb. 10 in Seattle, Wash.
MEET DETIALS WHAT: Husky Classic, UW Open Meet WHEN: Feb. 8-9, Feb. 10 WHERE: Dempsey Arena, Seattle, Wash. LIVE STATS/VIDEO: http://www.gohuskies.com/dempseyindoor/ NOTES: The Seawolves will see GNAC foes Saint Martin’s, Simon Fraser, Western Oregon and Western Washington at the Husky Classic, plus Seattle Pacific and Central Washington at the UW Open meet, in addition to facing Div. I opponents at both.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR GNACs: The 2013 GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships are slated for Feb. 15-16 in Nampa, Idaho, and fans may now purchase tickets online at a discounted price ... the two-day event featuring some of the top collegiate track and field athletes in the Pacific Northwest will be held at the Jacksons Indoor Complex, which is located at the Idaho Center in Nampa ... fans interested can purchase tickets online or at the door for $8 for adults and $5 for students.
UW INVITE RECAP: The Seawolves commenced their first season of indoor action in style with 10 NCAA provisionally qualifying (PNQ) times/marks (7 men, 3 women) ... on the women’s side Susan Tanui (3,000) and Ruth Keino (5,000) each set a PNQ, while the distance medley relay of Ivy O’Guinn, Haleigh Lloyd, Susan Bick and Tanui posted a time of 12:00.01 for a PNQ ... for the men’s team, Ethan Hewitt (400), Joe Day (800), Alfred Kangogo (One Mile), Micah Chelimo (3,000), Dylan Anthony (5,000), Cody Thomas (Hept.) and the DMR (Kangogo, Hewitt, Day, Chelimo) all set PNQ’s ... the GNAC honored Chelimo, Thomas and Tanui for their performances.
SEASON PREVIEW: UAA will compete in three regular season meets – all in Seattle, Wash. – before making its first-ever appearance at the GNAC Indoor Championships, Feb. 15-16 ... following the conference meet, qualified individuals will compete at the NCAA Div. II Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 8-9 ... the outdoor season will commence March 8-9 with the Ben Brown Invitational ... the Seawolves will likely get strong seasons from their nationally recognized distance crews — the men’s cross country team finished a program-best third place and the women’s team finished sixth at the 2012 NCAA Div. II Championships ... the Seawolves were led in the fall by NCAA individual champion Micah Chelimo, while Susan Tanui finished NCAA runner-up on the women’s side.
ADDING INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: The UAA track & field program will add an indoor season for the first time in 2013, UAA athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb announced Aug. 17 ... led by head coach Michael Friess, the Seawolves will compete in the first of three regular-season indoor meets at the Washington Invitational, Jan. 25-26 in Seattle, leading up to the GNAC Championships in February and the NCAA Championships in early March ... “With some schedule adjustments, we have been able to provide an improved competitive environment for our student-athletes at no extra cost,” Dr. Cobb said. “We already have one of the nation’s best coaching staffs in place, so this should be a seamless addition.” ...“Obviously we’re very excited to make the indoor season part of our competitive schedule, said Friess. “Having the chance to compete in more championship events and an opportunity at more team and individual titles, it benefits not only our current student-athletes, but also our ability to recruit quality young people in the future.” ... UAA added men’s and women’s outdoor track & field as a full-time sport in 2005 and has grown into a top-20 contender, including finishes of 9th place by the men and 11th by the women at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships ... UAA now boosts the GNAC’s indoor track & field membership to nine of its 10 full-time members ... “The GNAC has a very strong reputation in track & field, and the conference offering on the indoor side just got stronger,” said GNAC commissioner Dave Haglund. “We are extremely pleased to add a very solid Alaska Anchorage program to the GNAC Indoor Championships, which annually is one of the top collegiate meets on the indoor calendar.” ... “Adding an indoor season will be very beneficial for our student-athletes and strengthen UAA’s position within the GNAC,” added Dr. Cobb. “Anytime you can create more opportunity and higher quality experiences for student-athletes, without impacting cost or other sports, it is an appropriate addition.”