THIS WEEK: The nationally ranked Alaska Anchorage cross country teams head to Spokane, Wash., for the second time of the season for the 2013 NCAA Div. II Championships. The races will commence with the women’s 6K at 9:30 a.m. AST, followed by the men’s 10K at 10:30 a.m. AST.

WHAT: NCAA Div. II Championships
WHEN: Nov. 23 – Women’s 6K at 9:30 a.m. AST, Men’s 10K at 10:30 a.m. AST
WHERE: Spokane, Wash. – Co-hosted by the GNAC on Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex

NCAA PREVIEW: UAA will bring both the men’s and women’s cross country teams to the NCAA Championships Saturday ... the women’s team – which enters the championships undefeated with five wins – is ranked No. 4 ... the Seawolves will look to upset No. 1 Grand Valley State, No. 2 Adams State and No. 3 Western State ... UAA returns to the NCAAs with two All-Americans on the women’s side – seniors Ivy O’Guinn (2011) and Susan Tanui (2012) – and one on the men’s side – junior Dylan Anthony (2012) ... overall, the Seawolves have seven with NCAA experience ... O’Guinn and senior Susan Bick will be making their fourth appearances at NCAAs, while Tanui, Anthony and Isaac Kangogo will compete in their third NCAAs ... returning for the second year are Bryn Haebe and Kevin Rooke ... individually, Tanui, the NCAA runner-up from 2012, will likely contend with GVSU’s Jessica Janecke and Adams State’s Lauren Martin in addition to her own teammates ... Janecke finished fourth a year ago at the NCAAs, while she and Martin each came away victorious at their respective region championships this year.

UAA AT THE NCAAs: The Seawolves have qualified both the men’s and women’s teams to the NCAAs for the sixth straight season, while the men’s squad will make its 10th overall appearance and the women will make their eighth ... the UAA men’s team holds a program-best 3rd-place showing from 2012, while the women’s fifth-place finish in 2009 is a program best.

NATIONALLY RANKED: The UAA women’s cross country team is currently ranked in the top five of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Div. II National Poll, while the men’s team sits in the top 10 ... the women’s squad – led by 2012 NCAA runner-up Susan Tanui – sits at No. 4, while the men’s team is No. 10.

2012 NCAA RECAP: Powered by the men’s individual national title from senior Micah Chelimo and a runner-up women’s finish from then-junior Susan Tanui, the UAA men produced a program-best third-place result, while the women’s team finished sixth at the 2012 NCAA Championships ... the men’s team, which was ranked No. 7 entering the meet, made UAA history by finishing third with 148 points in the 10K race ... UAA’s previous highest finish had been 8th-place showings in 2011 and 2010 ... on the women’s side, the Seawolves finished sixth in the team standings with 202 points, just two points shy of fifth place Chico State (200) ... in addition to Chelimo and Tanui, senior Alfred Kangogo and sophomore Dylan Anthony came away with All-America honors.

WEST REGION RECAP: Highlighted by senior Susan Tanui’s individual win, UAA finished first and second, respectively, at the NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships, Nov. 9 at the Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex ... the nationally-ranked No. 4 women’s team captured its fourth crown in five years, narrowly defeating the defending champion, No. 5 Chico State, 76-79 ... on the men’s side, the Seawolves finished runner-up with 81 points, while Chico State won the 10K race with 33 points ... a local of Eldoret, Kenya, Tanui successfully defended her individual title, completing the 6K race in a time of 21 minutes, 45.4 seconds ... Tanui, who won the GNAC title on Oct. 26 and was the 2012 NCAA runner-up, became the first Seawolf woman to win two West Region titles ... finishing runner-up and earning all-region honors was sophomore newcomer Joyce Kipchumba, three seconds behind Tanui at 21:48.4 ... leading the men were freshman Victor Samoei and junior Dylan Anthony, each placing in the top 10 ... Samoei collected his first all-region honor by finishing fifth in 31:49.0, while Anthony furnished his third with a ninth-place showing at 32:14.4.