GNAC Championships on tap for Seawolves
Alaska Anchorage will continue competition in the GNAC Championships this week at Western Oregon. The GNAC Championships started last week with the multi-event competitions. The Seawolves are currently in fourth place in both the men’s and women’s team standings. The meet will be the last opportunity for student-athletes to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
UAA at the GNAC Championships
Alaska Anchorage has won three GNAC titles on the women’s side (2013, 2014 and 2017) and two on the men’s side (2016 and 2017).
Alaska Anchorage will have six student-athletes competing who have won individual GNAC Championships. Caroline Kurgat won both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the 2018 championships. Vanessa Aniteye will be racing for her third straight title in the 400. Danielle McCormick is the defending champion in the 800, and Yvonne Jeschke will be competing in the 400 hurdles the event she won back in 2016. The men’s 4x400 relay is seeking its third straight title, and Chris Brake returns as the defending champion in the high jump. Edwin Kangogo won the 10,000 title in 2017 and redshirted in 2018.
UAA has six student-athletes and one relay ranked in the top-20 in NCAA Div. II this season. Caroline Kurgat has automatically qualified in the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 and provisionally qualified in the 800. She is ranked first in the 5,000 (15:40.45) and the 10,000 (32:08.09), second in the 1,500 (4:19.48) and 15th in the 800 (2:09.90). Danielle McCormick is ranked third and is automatically qualified for the 800 (2:05.00). Ruth Cvancara is ranked 17th in the 800 (2:10.27), and Vanessa Aniteye is 18th in the 400 (54.82). Chrisalyn Johnson is ranked 21st in the triple jump (40-1.5) and 19th in the long jump (19-5.25). Edwin Kangogo is ranked seventh in the steeplechase (8:56.08), and the women’s 4x400 relay is 10th (3:44.20).
Alaska Anchorage will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships hosted by Texas A&M Kingsville May 23-25.