Seawolves aim for league titles
ON TAP: The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams will head to Monmouth, Ore., May 10-11 as they look for league titles at the 2013 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships.
WHAT: GNAC Outdoor Championships
WHO: GNAC schools
WHEN: May 10-11
WHERE: Monmouth, Ore. – Western Oregon campus
MEDIA: Complete results and recap will be posted at GoSeawolves.com, and UAA’s Facebook and Twitter sites ... live stats can be followed at www.gnacsports.com.
NOTES: The UAA women’s team enters the Championships with 13 points, while the men have 10 following the GNAC Multis Championships on April 29-30 ... the Seawolves own six of the fastest times on the women’s side and five of the top times/marks on the men’s side ... junior Susan Tanui (10K, steeple) tops the conference field in two distance events and is second in the 5,000 meters, while sophomore Dylan Anthony (5K, 10K, steeple) leads in three ... sophomore Grace Morgan leads the GNAC in the 100 and 200 meters ... Tanui will be looking to defend her titles in the 5K and steeplechase, while Morgan will look to repeat as GNAC champion in both sprint events ... other Seawolves looking to defend their titles from a year ago are junior Haleigh Lloyd (100mH) and sophomore Cody Parker (javelin) ... the men’s 4x400-meter relay team has won four straight titles and enters the Championships ranked third.
AT THE GNAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: The UAA men’s team has finished in the top five since 2006 at the GNAC Championships with a program-best second-place finish in 2008 ... the Seawolves finished third last season ... the women’s squad furnished a program-high second-place showing last season after finishing sixth for two straight seasons ... UAA has combined for 48 individual titles (29 men, 19 women) since 2002, plus six relay wins ... Sean Rivers became UAA’s first GNAC champion in track & field, winning the 10,000 meters in 2002, while Stacy Edwards won the women’s first title, in the 10K in 2003 ... David Registe leads UAA with eight career titles (5 individual, 3 relay), while Mary Pearce has three titles on the women’s side.
USTFCCCA RANKING: The UAA women’s team is currently ranked No. 9 in Week 6 of the USTFCCCA Div. II poll, while the men’s squad sits at No. 22 ... the men’s team holds UAA’s highest-ever ranking at No. 3, received on Week 1 of 2010 ... the UAA women’s team has been ranked for 23 consecutive weeks, dating back to the 2011 season, while the men’s team has been in the top 25 for 36 straight weeks ... leading the Div. II field is Ashland on the men’s side and Lincoln (Mo.) in the women’s field ... UAA leads the GNAC on both sides.
GNAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Isaac Kangogo was named the GNAC’s Red Lion Male Track Athlete of the Week May 6 following his performance at the Occidental Invitational on May 4 ... a local of Eldoret, Kenya, Kangogo collected his first conference weekly honor following a personal best and provisional national qualifying time of 3:50.59 in the 1500 meters in Eagle Rock, Calif. ... the time is the 10th fastest in league history ... Kangogo joins Dylan Anthony, Susan Bick, Franz Burghagen, Grace Morgan, Ivy O’Guinn, Cody Parker and Susan Tanui as other Seawolf recipients this year.
NATION’S BEST: To date, the Seawolves have three athletes who are leading the nation in their respective events ... senior Ruth Keino sits at No. 1 in the 5,000 meters with a UAA-record time of 16:20.87 ... Keino needs to drop just under five seconds from that time for automatic qualification ... sophomore All-American Cody Parker is No. 1 in the javelin after furnishing a GNAC-record toss of 234-4 on April 20 ... UAA newcomer Franz Burghagen is currently No. 2 in the nation with a toss of 230-7 ... junior Susan Tanui is No. 1 in the 10,000 meters with a UAA-record time of 34:19.08, while ranking No. 2 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10:13.40 ... combined, the Seawolves have four automatic NCAA qualifying marks and 17 provisional times (14 women, 3 men).