WHO: University and college teams, clubs and unattached individuals
WHAT: GNAC Multi-Event Championships, Occidental Invitational
WHEN: April 30-May 1 - GNAC, May 5 - Occidental
WHERE: Tomlinson Stadium, Ellensburg, Wash. - GNAC; Patterson Field & Bill Henry Track, Eagle Rock, Calif. - Occidental
MEDIA: Complete results and recap will be posted at GoSeawolves.com, and UAA's Facebook and Twitter sites.
NOTES: Senior Kelsea Johnson, who holds the UAA record in the heptathlon at 4,838, will be the lone Seawolf competing at the GNAC Multi-Event Championships ... a local of Sitka, Johnson is second in the league with her NCAA provisional, following Seattle Pacific's Ali Worthen (5,071) ... Johnson will also be looking to break the NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 5,069 ... the heptathlon starts at 9 a.m. ADT ... at the Occidental Invite, the field events will get under way at 10 a.m. ADT, while the running events are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ADT.
SEAWOLF BITES: The Seawolves have registered five GNAC records this season, improved 12 school records (7 women, 5 men) and posted 68 top-10 results in the all-time UAA record book (33 men, 35 women) ... Western Washington is the only other GNAC school with a league record this season ... UAA leads the GNAC in 14 events, including 13 of the 24 running events ... combined, UAA has posted 15 (10 women, 5 men) top-10 all-time results in the GNAC this season ... currently, UAA has seven NCAA automatic times/marks by six athletes (4 women, 2 men), while 12 athletes (8 women, 4 men) have combined for 15 NCAA provisional times/marks ... the Seawolves have 14 times/marks in the top 10 nationally ... UAA is ranked for the fourth straight week, with the men advancing to No. 10 and the women at No. 11 ... the men's team has been ranked in the top 20 since the beginning of the 2010 season. See complete poll on page 3.
ATHLETE NOTES: Currently with the 2nd-fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase in Div. II is sophomore Susan Tanui with a GNAC-record and NCAA automatic time of 10:15.47, set April 6 ... Tanui, from Eldoret, Kenya, also ranks 10th in the 5,000 meters (16:39.81), good for 5th in the conference record book ... senior Hallidie Wilt also booked a ticket to the NCAAs in the steeplechase with a time of 10:31.30, good for 5th in the nation and the 2nd-fastest in GNAC history ... Wilt, from Unalaska, also ranks 27th in the 5K in the NCAA ... sophomore Haleigh Lloyd improved upon her GNAC record in the 400-meter hurdles from earlier this season with a NCAA auto time of 59.62 on April 20 ... the time currently ranks her 5th in the nation ... Lloyd has not only set the UAA record in the 400mH, but also in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.42 ... the Ladysmith, B.C., native was also a member of the 4x100-meter relay that set a school record at 48.00 on April 21 ... sophomore Ivy O'Guinn is currently ranked in three events - 1500 meters (8th, 4:28.26), 800 meters (17th, 2:12.26) and the 5K (26th, 17:05.56) ... a local of Soldotna, O'Guinn's 1500m is the 7th-fastest in GNAC history, while her 5K time is the 9th-fastest ... also posting top-10 ranks in Div. II are seniors Ruth Keino and Kelsea Johnson ... Keino, from Kapcheno, Kenya, ranks 7th in the 5K with a UAA record of 16:34.28, and 9th in the 10,000 meters at 34:48.64 ... Johnson broke her UAA record in the heptathlon with 4,838 points, ranking her 10th in the NCAA ... holding provisional times for UAA are sophomore Susan Bick (27th, 2:13.98) in the 800 meters, Miriam Kipng'eno (19th, 16:52.21) in the 5K and rookie Bryn Haebe (29th, 11:08.23) in the steeplechase ... Grace Morgan is giving UAA some impressive numbers as a rookie ... a local of Salt Spring Island, B.C., Morgan has the 2nd-fastest 200-meter time for UAA at 24.89, good for 3rd-fastest in the GNAC record book ... last weekend, Morgan set the UAA record in the 100 meters with a time of 12.34 ... on the men's side, junior Micah Chelimo has the 2nd-fastest time in Div. II in the 5K with a GNAC-record and automatic time of 13:53.51 ... a local of Kapkoi, Kenya, Chelimo also ranks 3rd in the steeplechase with a GNAC-record and automatic time of 8:45.63 ... Chelimo also is ranked 7th in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:48.49 ... senior All-American Shaun Ward collected UAA's fifth GNAC record of the season with a provisional time of 52.00 in the 400-meter hurdles ... the time ranks the Eagle River native 5th in the NCAAs ... picking up a provisional time in the 400mH was freshman Elliott Bauer at the Long Beach State Invite with a time of 53.47, good for the 8th-fastest time in the GNAC record book ... improving upon his own UAA record in the javelin was freshman Cody Parker with a toss of 215-4, earning the Comox, B.C., native an automatic bid to the NCAAs and ranking 5th in Div. II ... the GNAC record in the javelin is 223-2 by Northwest Nazarene's Josh Heidegger (2009) ... senior Alfred Kangogo holds a provisional time in the 1500 meters of 3:46.74, currently good for 4th-best in the NCAA ... a local of Eldoret, Kenya, Kangogo holds the GNAC record in the event at 3:44.67.
GNAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Senior Shaun Ward became the sixth Alaska Anchorage track & field student-athlete this season to be named the GNAC's Athlete of the Week for his record-breaking performance at the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational on April 20 ... a local of Eagle River, Ward broke the league record in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.00, besting the previous mark of 52.05 set by Dallas Beaty of Northwest Nazarene in 2009 ... Ward joins teammates Micah Chelimo, Susan Tanui, Hallidie Wilt, Haleigh Lloyd and Cody Parker as UAA recipients this season.
UP NEXT: Qualified individuals will compete at the GNAC Championships, May 11-12 in Monmouth, Ore.