PORTLAND, Ore. -- Alaska Anchorage sophomore Christopher Brake was named Men’s Field Athlete of the Week by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Monday, following his NCAA Championships provisional qualifying high jump of 6 feet, 8.75 inches at last Saturday’s UW Preview in Seattle, Wash.

Brake, from Nelson, New Zealand, nailed his second attempt at 6-8.75 (2.05 meters) to move into a tie for ninth on the GNAC record book and improve his leap of 6-7 set at the 2016 GNAC Indoor Championships.

The sophomore surpassed the NCAA Championships provisional qualifying mark of 6-8.25 (2.04 meters) and currently sits third on the UAA men’s all-time indoor list. The mark is the 16th highest in Div. II this season.  

Brake competed in UAA’s first meet of the season at the University of Washington Indoor Preview on Saturday, after redshirting during the 2017 indoor and outdoor season. He placed third overall and best among Div. II athletes. Only Ben Milligan (7-00.5, Oregon) and Django Lovett (7-00.5, Valley Royals Track & Field Club) leaped higher.  

The Green & Gold athlete also finished sixth overall in the triple jump (first for DII) at the meet with a mark of 45 feet, 05.25 inches (13.85 meters).

The Seawolves will return to Seattle, Wash. for the Husky Invitational on January 26-27.