It’s been another quality year in the UAA sports world. To wrap up the 2012-13 season, here’s a list of the top five achievements from the athletes in green and gold. The picks are presented in no particular order.
Chelimo nabs anther championship
Micah Chelimo is a first ballot Seawolf Hall of Famer. The distance runner from Kenya snagged his third NCAA title back in March with a win in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Chelimo crossed the finish line at 14 minutes, 12.82 seconds, edging the second place runner by about two-thirds of a second.
He was already the most decorated runner the school has seen, so the third crown just further cemented his placement in the record books.
Men’s basketball team shows up big at the Shootout
The Seawolf faithful have been conditioned to temper their expectations when it comes to the hometown team’s chances of winning the Great Alaska Shootout. While the ‘Wolves didn’t capture the trophy, they did make plenty of the noise.
After getting dropped in the opening round by a loaded Belmont Bruins team, the men’s basketball squad went on to net back-to-back wins in the tournament.
The first was a 66-65 stunner over the UC Riverside Highlanders, and the second was an 83-77 victory over the Loyola Marymount Lions in a dogfight. The result was a fourth place finish for the Seawolves.
Volleyball team rakes in GNAC honors
The volleyball team as a whole had a nice year. They finished fourth in the GNAC and were one of the must-see athletic events on campus. But there were a few particular individuals that really shined for the Seawolves: senior setter Kimya Jafroudi, junior middle blocker Jodi Huddleston and freshman outside hitter Julia Mackey.
Jafroudi climbed to number six on UAA’s career assists list en route to earning a spot on the All-GNAC Team. Mackey — who was also the co-winner of the GNAC Freshman of the Year award — joined her on the team.
Lastly, Huddleston took home the GNAC Newcomer of the Year award. Her play also got her an honorable mention for the All-GNAC Team.
Men finish third at Cross-Country Championships
The men’s cross-country team came into the NCAA Division II Cross-Country Championships last November as the seventh ranked team in the nation. The unit well overplayed that ranking and claimed a spot on the podium.
The group also produced three All-Americans in the process. The aforementioned Chelimo, senior Alfred Kangogo, and sophomore Dylan Anthony were named to the All-America team.
Before this outing, the best UAA had finished at the championships was eighth.
Sasha King posts rare numbers
The Seawolf women’s basketball team had its seventh winning season in a row. A quick run through of senior point guard Sasha King’s season averages reveals why the ‘Wolves didn’t fall apart after the hectic 2012 offseason.
King was one of only three Division II ball players to put up 15 points and five assists a night. She also averaged 2.9 steals and 2.6 threes, marks that were good enough to lead the GNAC.
The most memorable King moment was her scorching of Northwest Nazarene. She sunk 9 of 10 from beyond the arc. The rainstorm broke or tied six school and conference records for three-point shooting.
These statistical feats helped King land on the Second All-GNAC Team and gave her half of the team MVP award, which she shared with senior forward Alysa Horn.
Honorable mention: Seawolves set GPA record
Not all accomplishments take place on the court, track, or rink. Some occur under the bright fluorescent lights in the classroom. UAA student athletes ended the year of 2012 with a combined GPA of 3.2. The average was the best in school history.
The fall term played a big role in the Seawolves’ pursuit of this stellar GPA. Nineteen — 19! — athletes closed out the semester with perfect 4.0 GPAs.