WHAT: San Francisco State Invite / Stanford Invitional 
WHEN: Mar. 30-31 (All Day)
WHERE: Hayward, Calif. -- Cox Stadium / Stanford, Calif. -- Cobb Track and Angell Field
SCHEDULE: SFSU -- / Stanford --
LIVE STREAM: SFSU -- / Stanford -- ($)
SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow @UAAXCTF Twitter for updates during the meet 

ON TAP: The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams compete in the Bay Area at the San Francisco State Invitional and Stanford Invitational, March 30-31. 

SWEET RETURN: Rust was certainly not an issue for Alaska Anchorage’s Caroline Kurgat as she was named the GNAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week on Monday, following an impressive performance in the 1,500 meters at the Willamette Invitational in Salem, Ore. on Mar. 24 ... Kurgat, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya and 2017 Div. II cross country national champion, competed in her first track competition since Mar. 2017. She redshirted both the 2017 outdoor season and 2018 indoor campaign, winning the 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 26.16 seconds – an NCAA provisional qualifying standard. Her time ranks as the second fastest in the nation and second quickest in UAA outdoor history. The time is also 10th best in GNAC history.

BACK IN THE POLLS: The women’s team enters the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Women’s National Team Rankings at No. 19.

WILLAMETTE RECAP: Alaska Anchorage track and field distance athletes led the way with three event wins and three NCAA provisional qualifying marks on the Charles Bowles Track at the Willamette Invitational, Mar. 24. Junior Caroline Kurgat and senior Tamara Perez used provisional standards to go 1-2 in the 1,500 meters, while junior Emmah Chelimo secured victory with a provisional time in the 5,000 meters. Kurgat returned with a win in the 1,500 meters in a blistering 4 minutes, 26.16 seconds. The time registered as the second fastest time in UAA history and is the best time in Div. II this season. Perez finished runner-up in 4:30.87, a time that is fifth nationally. The 5,000-meter competition was dominated by UAA as all six Seawolves finished in the top seven positions of the 14-athlete field. Chelimo eclipsed the NCAA provisional standard (17 minutes, 14.52 seconds) in 17:14.06. Followed closely behind was junior Zennah Jepchumba in 17:14.70. The duo earned the two quickest times in the GNAC this season and rank 10th and 11th in Div. II. Finishing fourth through seventh were Kimberly Coscia (17:38.91), Riley Burroughs (17:50.80), Mariah Burroughs (17:54.18), and Grace Gannon (18:01.40), respectively. Fresh off her GNAC Newcomer of the Year award from the indoor season, junior Yemi Knight bested a field of 22 runners in the 800 meters. Her time of 2:16.22 is third best in the GNAC and 12th nationally. Freshman Jules Ward grabbed second place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, clocking 11:30.90 (third quickest for the GNAC). Sophomores Marie Ries and Vanessa Aniteye represented well in the sprints. Ries was runner-up in both the 100 (12.52) and 200 (25.84). Aniteye ran well in both events (100, 12.86; 200, 26.58) and posted an impressive split in the 4x400-meter relay (55.506). The relay of Aniteye, Ruth Cvancara, Knight, and D’Rhema Alston finished third in 3:57.87. On the men’s side, the 4x100-meter relay and freshman Brandon Nicholson led the way. Oshane Hylton, Nicholas Taylor, Liam Lindsay, and Darrion Gray won the relay in 41.91. The time stands as the best in the GNAC this season and is tied for third quickest in program history. Nicholson, from Wasilla (Colony HS), secured second place out of 15 competitors in the triple jump. His leap of 45 feet, 10.5 inches is a GNAC Championships qualifying standard. It also leads the conference and is third best in the UAA record book. The men’s 5,000-meter squad recorded the top three times in the GNAC this season – Jorge Sanchez (fifth, 15:04.71), Henry Cheseto (eighth, 15:09.10), and Nickson Koech (11th, 15:11.90). Hylton was UAA’s top sprinter in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. He finished in 10.88 (fourth, 100m) and clocked 22.66 (second, 200m). Junior Daniel Remington (second, 400m, 50.38) and freshman Felix Kemboi (third, 1500m, 3:59.51) were UAA’s other top performers.

2018 NCAA INDOOR REVIEW: Danielle McCormick won the 800-meter national championship with a time of 2:07.79. The national championship was the first for McCormick and the first by a UAA woman in indoor track and field. Danille McCormick joined Vanessa Aniteye, Yemi Knight and Tamara Perez on the distance medley relay that placed ninth (11:55.60). The women finished tied for 17th overall with 10 points. The men’s 4x400 relay did not finish at the NCAA Championships.

2018 OUTLOOK: Alaska Anchorage’s two most recent national champions headline the Seawolves outdoor track and field teams. Danielle McCormick won the most recent national title by winning the 800 at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Caroline Kurgat, who won the cross country national title in 2017, will represent the Seawolves outdoors after redshirting the indoor season. Two members, Liam Lindsay and Nicholas Taylor, return from last year’s 4x400 relay that finished 4th (3:10.86) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  Vanessa Aniteye returns after placing 20th (56.20) in the 400 and is the only member returning from the 4x400 relay that placed 10th (3:43.33) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. UAA has two other student-athletes return that competed at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Danielle McCormick seventh in the 800 (2:08.72) and Mariah Burroughs 16th (10:46.70) in the steeplechase.

BROKEN RECORDS: Alaska Anchorage set seven outdoor records (three men, four women) in 2017. David Sramek tied the pole vault record with a mark of 14-9. Tevin Gladden cleared 6-11 in the high jump for a new record, and Grant George threw a school record on 49-10.5. The Seawolves set new records in both the 4x100 (46.37) and 4x400 (3:41.93) relays. Two of the four members of each relay return for UAA. Danielle McCormick ran a school-record time of 2:07.60 in the 800, and Karolin Anders jumped 5-8.75 for a new high jump record. 

RECORD HOLDERS RETURNING: UAA will have four current outdoor school record holders competing this spring, Christopher Brake (triple jump, 47-3.5), Liam Lindsay (4x400, 3:10.60), Nicholas Taylor 4x400, 3:10.60), Danielle McCormick (800, 2:07.60, 4x400, 3:41.93) and Vanessa Aniteye (4x100, 46.37, 4x400, 3:41.93).