WHAT: Washington Indoor Preview
WHEN: Jan. 14; 8:00 AM - 4:50 PM AKST
WHERE: Seattle, Wash. - Dempsey Indoor Center
RESULTS: GoHuskies.com, tfrrs.org
LIVE VIDEO: FloTrack ($) - http://bit.ly/2D1CIFC
ON TAP: The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams begin their 2018 campaign this Saturday, Jan. 14 against Division I competition at the annual Washington Indoor Preview in Seattle, Wash.
2018 OUTLOOK: UAA returns 26 athletes (14 women, 12 men) who have already competed for the Green & Gold ... five total 2017 All-Americans return, including sophomore Vanessa Aniteye (4x400) - who broke the 400-meter school record (55.89) - and Caroline Kurgat (3,000 meters) for the women as well as the majority of the 4x400 men’s squad (Darrion Gray, Liam Lindsay, Nicholas Taylor) ... 2016 All-America senior Tamara Perez in the DMR is back for the women’s squad, owning the second fastest times in school history for the 800 meters (2:10.97) and one mile (4:53.09) .. Soldotna’s Danielle McCormick will contend with Perez, bettering her own indoor 800-meter record (2:10.68) during the outdoor season (2:07.60) .... senior Henry Cheseto runs for the UAA men again, after earning both the third highest marks in program history at 3,000 meters (8:11.81) and 5,000 meters (14:12.99) in 2016 ... David Sramek will also be a threat in several events, including the pentathlon ... the Seawolves welcome three transfers that look to make an impact instantly in the shorter and middle distance events ... junior Yami Knight joins the women’s program after competing for Div. I Jackson State, while Oshane Hylton (Lincoln Univ. of Missouri) and Eduardo Orozco (Hartnell College) bolster the men’s roster.
NO PLACE LIKE DOME: UAA returned to practice in The Dome on Monday, Jan. 8 after nearly a year since its collapse ... the teams managed success on the track and across field events, despite having to practice inside the Alaska Airlines Center ... The Dome is the largest sports complex of its kind in the world, measuring 180,000 square feet and containing a 400-meter USA Track & Field certified track and weight equipment.
2017 NCAA AND INDOOR SEASON RECAP: The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s track & field teams concluded the indoor season with a UAA-record 12 All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Div. II Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex ... in total, the men’s and women’s teams sent a combined 14 athletes to nationals ... on the women’s side, the Seawolves tallied 10 points, good for a tie at No. 21, while taking a tie at No. 28 on the men’s side with seven points ... picking up UAA’s highest finish of the meet with a career-best third-place finish in the 3,000 meters was junior Caroline Kurgat ... Kurgat posted a career-best time of 9:27.09 for All-America honors ... for the second straight year, senior Dominik Notz earned two All-America honors at the indoor meet, finishing seventh in the 3,000 meters with a GNAC-record time of 8:07.28, two days after taking fifth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14 minutes, 12.99 seconds .... rounding out her final indoor season with her third straight NCAA appearance was senior Jamie Ashcroft ... she went on to earn All-America honors in the 200 meters (24.13 seconds) ... Ashcroft collected her second career All-America award and became the first Seawolf ever to finish in the top 8 in an indoor sprinting event ... the GNAC-record holder in the 60 meters, senior Jamie Ashcroft (Shawnigan Lake, B.C.) finished 15th in the event with a time of 7.64 .. making his NCAA debut was senior Tevin Gladden in the men’s long jump, furnishing a leap of 23-0, taking 14th in the event ... Gladden earned all-conference honors in the event at the GNAC Championships ... also making her NCAA debut was sophomore Danielle McCormick ... McCormick of Soldotna High School finished 15th in the 800-meter prelims with a time of 2:13.04 .... junior Tamara Perez made an appearance in the one mile, finishing 18th with a time of 5:07.70 ... senior Travis Turner finished 10th in the heptathlon with 5,119 points ... the women’s distance medley relay also finished in the top-10, taking ninth with a season-best time of 11:36.55 .... the foursome was made up of sophomore Danielle McCormick, senior Mary-Kathleen Cross, senior Hayley Bezanson and junior Caroline Kurgat ... the women’s 4x400-meter relay of Jamie Ashcroft, Mary-Kathleen Cross, Hayley Bezanson and Vanessa Aniteye, crossed the line in seventh with a UAA-record time of 3:45.10 – UAA’s first All-America finish in the event ... the time also ranks second all-time in the GNAC record book, trailing only Seattle Pacific’s record of 3:42.44 from 2016 ... the men’s 4x400-meter relay of sophomore Nicholas Taylor, junior Liam Lindsay, junior Darrion Gray and senior Adam Commandeur each registered their first career All-America honors with an eighth-place showing ... the relay crossed at a season-best time of 3:13.69 – good for second all-time on the UAA record book ... the 12 All-America honors is a UAA record for either indoor or outdoor, bypassing the previous record of 11, set in the 2016 season at the indoor meet ... ... additionally, the Seawolves landed 18 on the All-West Region team, collected eight conference titles and 30 All-Conference honors ... Ashcroft was named NCAA West Region Track Athlete of the Year and the GNAC’s Most Outstanding Track Performer, while head coach Michael Friess was named NCAA West Region Men’s Coach of the Year.
BROKEN SCHOOL RECORDS: The Seawolves broke or tied 11 (6 women, 5 men) indoor school records in 2017 by the end of the season, including ... Jamie Ashcroft (7.54, 60 meters) and (24.09, 200 meters) ... Vanessa Aniteye (55.89, 400 meters) ... Danielle McCormick (2:10.68, 800 meters) ... Caroline Kurgat (4:53.07, one mile) ... women’s 4x400-meter relay in 3:45.10 (Jamie Ashcroft, Mary-Kathleen Cross, Hayley Bezanson, Vanessa Aniteye) ... Adam Commandeur (48.31, 400 meters) ... Dominik Notz (8:07.28, 3,000 meters) ... David Sramek (14-10, pole vault) ... Tevin Gladden (24-1.75, long jump) ... and distance medley relay in 9:55.86 (Jesse Miller, Adam Commandeur, Joe Day, Michael Mendenhall).