Alaska Anchorage will participate in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships Nov. 3 in Monmouth, Ore.
UAA at GNAC Championships
Alaska Anchorage has dominated the GNAC Championships with the men winning 10 titles and the women winning eight titles during the 17-year history of the conference. The UAA men have more GNAC titles than the rest of the league combined (10-7) with Western Washington the only other school with more than one title (four). On the women’s side, Seattle Pacific ranks second with five titles.
Runner of the Week
Alaska Anchorage Emma Chelimo’s victory over a talented field at the Western Washington Classic has earned the junior selection as the Division II Women’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Chelimo, who was also named the GNAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week, covered the 6,000-meter course at Bellingham’s Sudden Valley Golf Course in a time of 21:15. She finished two seconds ahead of former Simon Fraser standout Julia Howley and 44 seconds ahead of the next GNAC athlete, Simon Fraser’s Addy Townsend. The victory led the Alaska Anchorage women to a third-place finish in the meet with 76 points.
Sophomore Felix Kemboi earned his first win of the season winning the Western Washington Classic on Saturday with a time of 31:40 over the NCAA championship distance of 10,000 meters. He finished 11 seconds ahead of teammate Wesley Kirui, who clocked 31:51.
Both the men’s and women’s teams are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA National Polls. The men return to the poll at No. 11 while the women dropped to No. 10.
Alaska Anchorage is ranked third in both the men’s and women’s USTFCCCA West Region Rankings. Chico State and Simon Fraser are ranked 1-2 in both polls.
UAA will race at the NCAA Div. II West Regional hosted by MSU Billings on Nov. 17.