GNAC honors Chelimo, Anders, Friess
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.