WHAT: 2018 NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships
WHEN: May 24-26
WHERE: Johnson C. Smith University - Charlotte, N.C.

ON TAP: Alaska Anchorage will close out the 2018 outdoor track and field season at the NCAA Championships hosted by Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, N.C. May 24-26.

TOP SEED: Junior Caroline Kurgat enters the NCAA Championships as the top-seed in both the 5,000 and 10,000. Kurgat ran the third-fastest time in Div. II history when she ran 15:41.21 at the Payton Jordan Invite on May 3. Kurgat ran the second-fastest time ever in Div. II when she ran 32:33.24 at the Stanford Invite on March 30, five seconds behind the NCAA Div. II record set in 1988. Kurgat was named the GNAC Track Athlete of the Meet after winning the 5,000 and 10,000 and placing second in the 1,500. She is the reigning national champion in cross country.

ANOTHER CHAMPION? Junior Danielle McCormick will compete in the 800 meters, the same event that she won at the indoor national championships. McCormick won the 800 meters at the GNAC Championships and is seeded fourth for the NCAA Championships.

MID-DISTANCE POWER: The Seawolves will have two other women compete in the mid-distance events. Yemi Knight is seeded ninth in the 800 (2:08.38) and Tamara Perez is seeded 12th in the 1,500 (4:26.64). The duo both competed in the 800 at the indoor championships with Perez placing 14th and Knight 16th.

400 POWER: Sophomore Vanessa Aniteye will compete in the 400 at the NCAA Championships. She is the two-time defending GNAC Champion in the 400. She enters the NCAA Championships as the No. 19-seed (55.03).

RELAY: The women’s 4x400 relay will compete at the NCAA Championships for the second straight year, and is seeded eighth (3:43.01). UAA placed 10th (3:43.33) at the 2017 championships.