WHAT: 2017 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 a.m. AST (women) and 6:30 a.m. AST (men)
WHERE: Evansville, Ind. - Hosted by Univ. of Southern Indiana and Evansville Sports Corporation at Angel Mounds
DISTANCE: 6K for women, 10K for men
LIVE RESULTS: http://bit.ly/2hBBwjn and posted to GoSeawolves.com
LIVE VIDEO: http://bit.ly/2xbJvZN (see FloTrack Video)
MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/2mrnSRM
ON TAP: The No. 4 Alaska Anchorage women’s cross country team and senior All-American Edwin Kangogo from the men’s program will compete at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in Evansville, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 18 ... the women will conquer six kilometers at 7:15 a.m. AST, while Kangogo will compete in a 10K course at 8:30 a.m. AST.
FLOTRACK VIDEO: NCAA cross country fans can watch live streams of the NCAA Cross Country Championships as FloTrack Pro subscribers for a monthly price of $19.99 or an annual price of $150 ... subscription includes access to all FloTrack live broadcasts, video on-demand from all events, documentaries, technique videos and more ... a free replay of all three events will be available on FloTrack.com ... for television, download the FloSports TV app on Roku and Apple TV 4 ... for mobile, download the FloSports iPhone app, for web, bookmark FloTrack.org in your favorite browser.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The women’s team is one of 32 programs to advance to the NCAA Championships, following a second-place finish at the West Region Championships on Nov. 4 ... UAA is competing in their 10th consecutive national meet, dating back to 2008 ... the Seawolves have finished ninth-or-better in that span and as high as fourth in 2013 ... two-time senior All-American Caroline Kurgat, the West Region Athlete of the Year and GNAC Runner of the Year, looks to finish strong in her final cross country race as a Seawolf ... Kurgat finshed sixth in 2015 and third in 2016 ... Alexis Zeis of the University of Mary looks to challenge, having won a national title in 2015 and finishing runner-up a year ago ... Kangogo finished sixth individually at West Regions and was one of eight athletes selected at-large to compete, after the men’s team failed to qualify ... he’ll be running for his third and final All-America performance (2015: 30th, 2016: 34th)
WEATHER REPORT: Race weather is expected to be in the lower 50s, with 10+ mph winds, and a strong chance of rain, according to The Weather Channel’s online forecast on Tuesday.
KURGAT IS BEST IN WEST, WOMEN ADVANCE TO NATIONALS: Alaska Anchorage senior Caroline Kurgat captured her first regional title at the NCAA Div. II West Region Cross Country Championships on Nov. 4, powering No. 4 UAA to a second-place team finish and automatic berth to nationals ... senior All-American Edwin Kangogo led the No. 16 Alaska Anchorage men’s team with a sixth-place individual performance, helping UAA place fifth as a team in a tightly contested field ... the Seawolves did not receive an automatic bid to nationals by placing in the top three and were not selected as one of eight at-large teams ... UAA had advanced to an impressive nine consecutive NCAA Championship meets ... Kurgat, a two-time All-American and GNAC champion, finished runner-up the past two seasons in the regional meet, but left little doubt in her victory at Ash Creek Preserve ... Kurgat surged ahead of the field a mile into the race, but no competitors could cover the gap ... she covered the 6-kilometer course in record time, 20 minutes, 26.1 seconds – nearly 40 seconds quicker than runner-up Anett Somogyi of Cal Baptist (21:04.5) ... Kurgat finished second to teammate Joyce Chelimo in 2015 – who held the old course record of 20:42.3 – and in 2016 to Cal State San Bernardino’s Laura Aceves by three seconds ... No. 1 Cal Baptist captured the team title with 68 points, ahead of UAA’s 84 ... Alaska Anchorage advanced to the national meet for the 10th consecutive season, dating back to 2008 ... UAA has finished third-or-better each time at the regional meet during that stretch ... the team also placed five runners in the top 25, with the sixth finishing 26th ... runners who placed in the top 25 earned All-West Region recognition ... five All-Region performers is the most since 2012 for the women’s program (six that season) ... junior Zennah Jepchumba (15th, 21:34.2), junior Danielle McCormick of Soldotna (21st, 21:47.0), senior Mariah Burroughs of Wasilla (22nd, 21:47.7), and sophomore Emmah Chelimo (25th, 21:52.1) garnered All-Region status for the first time ... junior Kimberly Coscia (26th, 21:54.1) and senior Tamara Perez (69th, 22:40.8) also placed strong in the field of 209 finishers ... in the men’s race, David Ribich of Western Oregon won on his home course in 29:49.2 ... UAA’s Edwin Kangogo became a four-time All-West Region performer after finishing sixth and covering 10 kilometers in 30:11.5 ... UAA’s other scorers were senior Nathan Kipchumba (29th, 31:03.4), freshman Nickson Koech (37th, 31:13.2), junior Jorge Sanchez (40th, 31:18.2), and freshman Felix Kemboi (60th, 31:44.6) ... No. 4 Chico State secured its second consecutive men’s team title, edging No. 6 Cal Baptist (55-84) ... No. 13 Western Oregon (3rd, 121 pts) won a tiebreaker with No. 22 Simon Fraser (4th, 121 pts) to secure the final automatic bid ... No. 16 Alaska Anchorage finished fifth with 172 pts.
PROGRAM-BEST CLASSROOM PERFORMANCE: Program success on the trails for the Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s cross country teams once again translated to high marks in the classroom, as a program-best 11 Seawolves were named to the 2017 Great Northwest Cross Country All-Academic Team on Nov. 10 ... eight members of the women’s program made the team, while three men earned the honor ... the league announced 103 total student-athletes were named GNAC All-Academic (61 women, 42 men) this season ... seniors Edwin Kangogo (management information systems major, 3.30 GPA), Mariah Burroughs (justice, 3.43), Caroline Kurgat (nursing and medical laboratory science, 3.51) and Tamara Perez (marketing, 3.47) made the team for the third time ... juniors Kimberly Coscia (justice, 3.39) and Danielle McCormick (natural sciences, 3.36) became two-time winners ... making the grade for the first time were Jordyn Block (physical education, 3.80), Riley Burroughs (nursing and psychology, 3.53), Zennah Jepchumba (nursing and medical laboratory science, 3.41), Kaleb Korta (construction management, 3.81) and Taylor Turney (civil engineering, 3.25) ... the 11 total Seawolves surpassed the previous mark of nine set in 2002, 2006 and 2016 ... to qualify for selection to the GNAC Cross Country All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be of sophomore standing or better, have a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and must have competed at the nominating intuition for at least one season.
CAROLINE KURGAT LEADS UAA TO GNAC TITLE: The No. 8 nationally ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s cross country team claimed its third consecutive Great Northwest Conference title, led by senior All-American Caroline Kurgat’s individual title Oct. 21 at Lake Padden Park in Bellingham, Wash ... the No. 17 men’s squad finished runner-up and were powered by runner-up Edwin Kangogo and third-place GNAC Freshman of the Year Felix Kemboi ... Kurgat cruised to her second consecutive GNAC individual title and earned GNAC Runner of the Year accolades ... she covered the 6-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 49.42 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of runner-up Mary Charleson of Seattle Pacific (21:45.99) ... all five of UAA’s scorers finished in the top 10 to secure All-GNAC status ... juniors Zennah Jepchumba (4th, 21:53.66) and Danielle McCormick of Soldotna (5th, 22:06.72) each landed in the top 5 ... sophomore Emmah Chelimo was named GNAC Newcomer of the Year with an 8th-place finish of 22:11.26 ... rounding out the top 10 was junior Kimberly Coscia (10th, 22:12.28) ... seniors Mariah Burroughs of Wasilla (12th, 22:17.28) and Tamara Perez (15th, 22:30.22) of Hendaye, France finished closely behind the pack of Seawolves ... UAA bested No. 5 Simon Fraser 28-65 to win its third straight consecutive title and eighth title in the last nine seasons ... on the men’s side, senior All-American Edwin Kangogo and freshman Felix Kemboi led the way with their own All-GNAC performances ... Kangogo (2nd, 25:03.63, 8K) finished behind Western Oregon’s David Ribich (1st, 24:54.82) ... Kemboi was named GNAC Freshman of the Year behind a 3rd-place finish and 8K time of 25:18.59 ... senior Nathan Kipchumba (12th, 25:51.52), junior Jorge Sanchez (23rd, 26:11.93) and senior Justin Carrancho (24th, 26:18.25) each cracked the top 25 for the Green & Gold ... Sanchez became the GNAC Newcomer of the Year as well ... No. 13 Western Oregon edged No. 17 Alaska Anchorage for the team title, 51-64. WOU ended UAA’s impressive streak of seven straight conference crowns.
2016 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP: Four All-Americans piloted the nationally-ranked Alaska Anchorage cross country teams into the top eight at the NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships in Saint Leo, Fla ... the No. 10 UAA women finished the national meet in eighth for the third straight season ... it was the ninth consecutive time that the program cracked the top 10 on the national level ... Grand Valley State (116 pts) edged Adams State (139 pts) for its fifth national championship ... GVSU senior Kendra Foley won her second national title with a 6K time of 20:01.8, making a new record at the NCAA Div. II meet in the process ... runner-up Alexis Zeis of U-Mary crossed the line in 20:26.4, a year after defeating Foley by 0.3 seconds for the victory ... UAA’s Caroline Kurgat and Joyce Chelimo each placed in the top 10 for the second straight season. Kurgat – a two-time All-American - finished in 3rd (20:30.5), trailing only Susan Tanui’s runner-up performance from 2012 ... Chelimo became a three-time All-American (10th, 20:42.8), joining UAA’s Miriam Kipng’eno and Ruth Keino on the women’s team with three honors ... in addition, Kurgat and Chelimo became the only pair of Seawolves to make the top 10 twice in the same season ... Henry Cheseto (3rd) and Dominik Notz (8th) accomplished the feat once in 2015 for the men ... Wasilla’s Mariah Burroughs (74th, 22:04.6), Zennah Jepchumba (101st, 22:21.9), and Tamara Perez (123rd, 22:33.5) contributed to the team’s final score ... Soldotna’s Danielle McCormick (133rd, 22:41.9) and Anchorage’s Kaitlyn Maker (184th, 23:25.6) also represented the Green & Gold in the field of 240 finishers ... on the men’s side, No. 5 UAA finished in the top five for the third time in program history with 222 points ... Adams State (54 pts) claimed its 12th national championship ... Missouri Southern’s Vincent Kiprop (29:07.4) defeated Shorter University’s Alfred Chelanga (29:36.3) for the individual title ... Edwin Kangogo of Eldoret, Kenya became a two-time and back-to-back All-American by finishing in 34th (31:11.5) ... Henry Cheseto (49th, 31:28.5), Justin Carrancho (73rd, 31:54.1), and senior Victor Samoei (90th, 32:10.3) completed the scoring ... Nathan Kipchumba finished behind Samoei in 91st (32:10.8) of 242 finishers.