PORTLAND, Ore. – The Great Northwest Athletic Conference selected Alaska Anchorage junior Micah Chelimo as the league’s Indoor Track & Field Male Athlete of the Year Thursday, while freshman Karolin Anders and head coach Michael Friess came away with GNAC Female Freshman of the Year and GNAC Female Team Coach of the Year honors, respectively.
Chelimo, a local of Kapkoi, Kenya, capped off his stellar indoor season by winning the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Div. II Indoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 14:12.82 in Birmingham, Ala. The USTFCCA West Region Male Track Athlete of the Year, Chelimo also finished fourth in the 3,000 meters in a GNAC-record time of 8:11.73.
Earlier this season Chelimo set a GNAC record in the 5,000 with a time of 13:51.19 and won three conference titles, sweeping the mile (4:12.46), 3000 (8:29.35) and 5000 (14:55.17) in the GNAC championship meet at Nampa to earn Outstanding Performer honors.
Anders, a native of Berlin Germany, made her NCAA debut in the women’s pentathlon, finishing fifth with a career-high 3,656 points after posting personal bests in all five events. In the conference meet, she finished second in the pentathlon (3,458), sixth in the long jump (17-9 ½) and sixth in the high jump (5-3 ¼).
Friess led UAA, in its first season of indoor competition, to the women’s GNAC title, breaking a nine-year run by Seattle Pacific. Friess was also voted USTFCCCA West Region Female Team Coach of the Year.