ANCHORAGE - Alaska Anchorage head cross country and track
& field coach Michael Friess announced the signing of five student-athletes
- three from Alaska and two from Germany - to National Letters of Intent on
Friess, currently in his 22nd season at UAA,
signed Dimond High's Sarah Freistone, Wasilla's Jessica Pahkala and Bartlett's
Rosie Smith. Joining the Green & Gold from Germany is Bobo Camara and
Scheduled to be a member of both the women's cross
country and track & field teams is Freistone, a four-year letterwinner for
the Lynx. As a senior, Freistone collected three victories on the cross country
trails, before finishing third at the Region IV Championships. On the track,
Freistone holds personal-best times of 2:25.60 in the 800 meters and 5:17.51 in
the 1600 meters. Currently, her 3200-meter time of 11:16.49 is the fastest time
of the season in the state.
Pahkala will also participate in both sports for the
Green & Gold. The Wasilla High standout competed at the cross country State
meet during her junior and senior seasons, and holds personal bests of 1:00.94
in the 400 meters, 2:19.48 in the 800 meters and 5:13.74 in the 1600 meters -
all set during senior season. Pahkala is also a member of Wasilla's 4x800-meter
relay that currently holds the fastest time in the state at 9:30.97.
Expected to make an immediate impact in the women's
sprint events is Smith, a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Bears. The 2011
state champion in the 100-meter hurdles, Smith comes to UAA with personal bests
of 13.01 in the 100 meters, 27.54 in the 200 meters, 14.82 in the 100-meter
hurdles and 45.37 in the 300-meter hurdles. Currently, Smith holds the fastest
time in the state in the 100-meter hurdles at 15.04, in the 300-meter hurdles
at 46.56, and is a member of the 4x100-meter relay with the fastest time in the
state at 51.40.
Coming to the Seawolves from Dettingen, Germnay is Notz,
a member of his country's Junior National Team. Notz starts his collegiate
career with personal bests of 1:59.31 in the 800 meters, 4:02.29 in the 1500
meters, 8:36.11 in the 3,000 meters and 15:30 in the 5,000 meters. His father,
Dieter Notz, placed fourth at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Nordic Skiing.
A multi-eventer from Cologne, Camara dons the Green &
Gold with personal bests of 11.30 in the 100 meters, 50.16 in the 400 meters,
1:59.63 in the 800 meters, 53.66 in the 400-meter hurdles and decathlon score
The Seawolf cross country teams will enter the 2012 slate
as the defending West Region and Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions,
while the track & field teams have already set multiple league and school
records this spring.