UAA finishes in top 25 at NCAAs, concludes season
2014 SEASON RECAP: UAA wrapped up the 2014 slate with two top-25 results at the NCAA Championships in Allendale, Mich., May 22-24 ... the Seawolves also furnished five All-America honors, including podium results by senior Ivy O’Guinn, junior Franz Burghagen and sophomore Karolin Anders ... also picking All-America honors was junior Cody Thomas, who was also named GNAC’s T&F Male Athlete of the Year ... an All-American in the 10,000 meters, junior Joyce Kipchumba was named the GNACs Newcomer of the Year, while Michael Friess was named the league’s Women’s Coach of the Year ... the men’s team finished runner-up at the GNAC meet, while the women’s team won their second straight league title - sweeping all three running championships (XC, ITF & OTF) for the second straight season ... combined, the Seawolves landed 14 on the All-West Region team, 19 Seawolves received All-Conference honors and 16 were named GNAC All-Academic.
2014 POSTSEASON HONORS: Four Seawolves captured postseason honors, including Cody Thomas who was selected the GNAC’s Outdoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year ... joining Thomas with special awards were junior Joyce Kipchumba, freshman Jamie Ashcroft and head coach Michael Friess ... Kipchumba was selected the GNAC Newcomer of the Year, while Ashcroft was voted the GNAC Freshman of the Year and Friess was named the GNAC Women’s Team Coach of the Year.
2014 NCAA RECAP: The Seawolves concluded the championships tied for 16th place on the women’s side with 16 points and tied for 22nd in the men’s competition with 10 points ... combined, the Seawolves posted five All-America honors, including runner-up finishes by Berlin natives Karolin Anders (hept.) and Franz Burghagen (JT) ... also capturing All-America status were senior Ivy O’Guinn in the 1500 meters and juniors Cody Thomas (dec.) and Joyce Kipchumba (10K) ... O’Guinn finished third in the 1500m for her second career All-America honor in the event, while the honor was the first for both Thomas and Kipchumba, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Seawolves’ highest team results came in 2013, with the women’s team recording its first top-10 performance, finishing seventh ... the men’s top showing came in 2012 when they took ninth .... UAA outdoor athletes have now earned 43 All-American honors overall, including a program-best 10 in 2012 ... additionally, the Seawolves have three athletes with NCAA titles – Micah Chelimo, David Registe and Cody Thomas (2013, javelin) ... Chelimo holds the program’s best individual performance after winning the 5,000 meters and finishing runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2012 for 19 points ... Registe brought home UAA’s first NCAA individual title in the long jump 2008 ... on the women’s side, Karolin Anders (2014, hept.) and Susan Tanui (2012, steeple) own the Seawolves’ top position, both finishing second in their respective events ... Chelimo, Tanui, Ruth Keino and Marko Cheseto are the only Seawolves to garner two All-America honors in the same season, while all four each have four career All-America awards.
GNAC ALL-ACADEMIC: UAA landed a program-record 16 members of the men’s and women’s track & field teams to the 2014 GNCA Track & Field All-Academic team ... the 16 Seawolves – which were among a total of 132 student-athletes (72 women and 60 men) – were represented by eight men and eight women, including senior Haleigh Lloyd, who received the honor for the third straight year ... Lloyd, from Ladysmith, B.C., has a 3.67 GPA as a nursing and psychology major ... picking up the academic accolade for the second consecutive year were senior Christi Schmitz and junior Bryn Haebe for the women and seniors Austen DeWolf and Travis Wilson and juniors Elliott Bauer, Isaac Kangogo and Kevin Rooke for the men’s team ... first time honorees were Dylan Anthony, Franz Burghagen, Victor Samoei on the men’s team and Karolin Anders, Susan Bick, Sasha Halfyard, Gaynor Johansen and Jessica Pahkala.
NATIONAL POLL: The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s track & field teams were ranked nationally by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association Div. II poll throughout the season ... the women’s team picked up a season-best ranking of No. 5 on Week 1 and never fell lower than No. 21 all season ... the men’s teams best ranking was No. 2 on Week 1 and they stayed in the top 12 through Week 9.
ALL-WEST REGION HONORS: The USTFCCCA named 14 Seawolves All-Region ... leading the Seawolf field with three All-Region accolades was senior All-American Micah Chelimo, who picked up honors in the 1500 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters ... Chelimo, from Kapkoi, Kenya, has the fastest times in Div. II this season in the 5K and 10K, but will be unable to compete at the NCAAs after rupturing his Achilles on May 9 at the conference meet ... garnering two honors apiece on the men’s side were senior Ethan Hewitt (400m, 4x400), junior Elliott Bauer (400mH, 4x400) and sophomore Bobo Camara (400mH, 4x400) ... juniors Dylan Anthony (10K), Franz Burghagen (javlin), Isaac Kangogo (1500m) and Cody Thomas (dec.) and freshman Adam Commandeur (4x400) picked up one All-Region honor each ... on the women’s team, junior Joyce Kipchumba (5K, 10K), sophomore Karolin Anders (high jump, hept.) and freshman Jamie Ashcroft (100m, 200m) registered two All-Region awards, while senior Ivy O’Guinn (1500m) and sophomore Rosie Smith (100mH) each received one.
2014 GNAC RECAP: The UAA women’s team successfully defended their title at the 2014 GNAC Championships May 10, while the men’s team finished runner-up for just the second time in program history ... the women’s team furnished 137 points to edge Northwest Nazarene (133) and Western Washington (133), while men produced 158 points behind first-place WWU (186) ... throughout the event, the Seawolves combined for 12 individual titles – including one relay – 27 All-Conference accolades and 19 season bests ... overall, UAA produced 12 individual titles, including two by freshman Jamie Ashcroft (100m, 200m) ... junior Cody Thomas was named the meets Most Outstanding Male Performer.
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 2014 and 2008 ... the women’s squad furnished the program’s first team title in 2013 and repeated the same feat in 2014 ... UAA has combined for 70 individual titles (40 men, 30 women) since 2002, plus seven 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 Ruth Keino and Grace Morgan each have four career wins ... Susan Tanui leads with six all-conference honors, while Registe has a conference high 12.
GNAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: UAA senior Micah Chelimo was named GNAC Red Lion Athlete of the Week April 21... Chelimo, a local of Kapkoi, Kenya, set a GNAC record and posted a NCAA Division II automatic qualifying mark in the 5,000 meters, covering the race in a time of 13:41.99 ... Chelimo also posted a PNQ in the 1500 meters (3:49.74) on April 19 at the Beach Invitational ... Chelimo received the same honor on April 7 with junior Joyce Kipchumba ... Elliott Bauer and Rosie Smith both received the honor on March 24.
BROKEN RECORDS: The Seawolves combined for 10 new school records (5 men, 5 women) and five new GNAC records in 2014 ... the men’s 4x400-meter relay of Elliott Bauer, Adam Commandeur, Bobo Camara and Ethan Hewitt posted a GNAC-record time of 3:12.22, besting the previous record set by Western Washington (3:14.15) ... freshman Jamie Ashcroft set the league record in the 100 meters at 11.69 at the NCAAs ... senior Micah Chelimo broke the conference record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 28:37.75 and broke the 5,000 meters record at 13:41.99 ... the women’s 4x100-meter relay of Mackenzie Harsh, Rosie Smith, Sasha Halfyard and Ashcroft broke the GNAC record with a time of 46.56 on April 5 ... the Seawolves hold 16 GNAC records combined (10 men, 6 women).