’Wolves head to Idaho for GNACs
ON TAP: The Alaska Anchorage track & field teams head to their first ever Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 15-16 in Nampa, Ida. The Seawolves enter the meet with 10 of the fastest times posted in the league this season as they look to make a name for themselves on the indoor circuit.
WHAT: 2013 GNAC Indoor Championships
WHEN: Feb. 15-16
WHERE: Nampa, Idaho
LIVE STATS: http://www.usatf.org/assoc/sr/gnac13/
NCAA RANKINGS: http://www.tfrrs.org/view_list.html
NOTES: The Seawolves enter their first indoor championships with 10 (3 women, 7 men) of the fastest times this season, including two by Susan Tanui (3,000 meters, 5,000 meters) and Micah Chelimo (3K, 5K) ... also posting a top time on the women’s side is freshman Rosie Smith in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.89 ... joining Chelimo on the men’s side is Ethan Hewitt (400m), Joe Day (800m), Alfred Kangogo (One Mile), the distance medley group of Isaac Kangogo, Hewitt, Day and A. Kangogo, and Cody Thomas in the heptathlon ... the women’s team will likely dominate the 3,000 meters with seven of the fastest nine times, while the men’s team sports four of the top seven times in the One Mile, four of the top eight in the 3,000 meters and five of the top six in the 5,000 meters.
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.
HUSKY CLASSIC/UW OPEN RECAP: The Seawolves’ weekend in Seattle was highlighted by junior Micah Chelimo as the Kapkoi, Kenya, native crushed the GNAC record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:51.19, 21 seconds faster than the previous mark set in 2011 ... Chelimo is one of just two Division II athletes with sub-14 minute times this winter ... in addition to Chelimo’s performance that landed him GNAC’s Red Lion Men’s Track Athlete of the Week on Feb. 11, the Seawolves combined for three NCAA automatic times and nine provisional times ... joining Chelimo with a ticket to the NCAAs are Susan Tanui (16:29.48) and Ruth Keino (16:31.87) in the 5,000 meters ... Tanui and Keino are currently ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the nation, trailing Shippensburg’s Katrina Spratford (16:27.15)
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.