NEW ORLEANS - The University of Alaska Anchorage women's cross country and track field program was named one of the top programs in Div. II by the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in the NCAA Division II Programs of the Year awards.
The Alaska Anchorage women finished fourth among teams in competition for the USTFCCCA Jerry Baltes Division II Women’s Program of the Year Award.
Scoring for the awards is based on each team’s scoring at NCAA Division II Championships in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. Teams are awarded a point for each place (i.e. 1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, 31st = 31 points) with the lowest score for all three championships combined determining the award recipient. Only teams that qualified for all three national championships are considered.
Alaska Anchorage finished fourth in the women’s rankings with 32.5 points.
The Seawolves’ women had another banner season on the national stage. They opened the year by placing fifth at the Division II Cross Country Championships, led by an individual national-championship run for Caroline Kurgat. Alaska Anchorage finished 17th at the Indoor Track and Field National Championships, buoyed by Danielle McCormick’s national title in the 800 meters. The Seawolves finished the year by tying for eighth place at the Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, led by national titles by Kurgat in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.