ANCHORAGE – The University of Alaska Anchorage Cross Country and Track & Field programs announced three talented signings on Thursday. Jacob Moos, a six-time Alaska state champion from Galena, along with Drew Johnson and Brock Helvey, both from Colorado, will join UAA in 2018.
Moos is one of the most decorated recruits to sign with the Seawolves. He brings four 1-2-3A Alaska state titles in track and field and a pair in cross country. He’ll be joining former Galena teammate and current Seawolf Kaleb Korta, who also won six state titles (two in cross country, four in track).
Moos most recently won his second state cross country meet, running a blistering 5,000 meters in 15 minutes, 33 seconds. His personal-best time bettered the fastest 4A runner by 34 seconds. Moos also earned the state title in 2016 with a time of 15:55.
In track and field, Moos earned his first two titles as a sophomore in close races against Korta. Moos won the 3,200 meters in 9:40.40 by less than a second (9:41.13, Korta). The duo followed the next day with a photo finish in the 1,600. Both posted identical 4:26.27 times for a share of the state title.
As a junior, Moos repeated in the 1,600 and 3,200. He set personal-best times of 9:19.66 (3,200), 4:20.68 (1,600) and 2:01.27 (800) last season.
Johnson of Littleton, Colorado, will join UAA from Chatfield High School, owning an 800-meter time of 1:55.62. He finished second at the Dakota Ridge Invite in the process, before claiming seventh (1:56.68) at the CHSAA 5A State Championships.
He set two personal records in the 1,600 (4:27.30) and 3,200 (9:57.66) at the JeffCo Elite meet last season. Johnson also owns a 400-meter time of 52.90.
In cross country, Johnson won at the Dave Sanders Cross Country Invite and ran 15:46 as a senior. He also competed at the Colorado 5A State Championships, finishing 20th in 16:19.2.
Helvey of Castle Rock, Colo., who runs for Douglas County High School, also competes in track and cross country. He finished fourth last season in the 800 at the CHSAA 5A State Track & Field Championships in 1:56.22.
He also won at 800 meters in the Glenn Peterson Invite as freshman. His track bests are 51.30 (400), 1:55.66 (800), 4:23 (1600) and 9:22.23 (3200).
As a cross country runner, Helvey’s best time came as a junior at the Liberty Bell Invitational, where he covered five kilometers in 16:02.
Moos, Johnson and Helvey will have one more season of high school track and field before helping the Seawolves in 2018.