Sports Briefs 5/5

Track and field GNAC of the week athletes
UAA sophomores Ethan Hewitt and Ruth Keino were selected by the GNAC as Athlete’s of the Week on April 18 for their performances at the Mt. SAC Relays. Hewitt, a local of Eagle River, broke the ters with a time of 47.51, good for seventh. Hewitt went on to help the men’s 4×400-meter relay team to the second-fastest time in GNAC history and a NCAA provisional time at the Beach Invite, clocking in at 3:14.74.

Keino, from Kapcheno, Kenya, was the co-recipient of the women’s weekly accolade, sharing the honor with Western Washington’s Sarah Porter.

To date, six Seawolves have been selected as the GNAC’s Athlete’s of the Week this season, joining Hewitt and Keino were senior David Registe, with two honors on April 4 and March 7, junior Miriam Kipng’eno (March 28) and freshmen Ivy O’Guinn (March 14) and Haleigh Lloys (March 7).

McKelvie takes head coaching job at Lake Forest College
During his tenure with the Seawolves this past season, McKelvie helped UAA to its best winning percentage since joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Association as the Seawolves earned their second-ever WCHA Final Five berth.

McKelvie becomes the fifth men’s hockey coach at Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Ill.) when he takes over the reins in the fall. The Foresters posted a 5-21-1 overall record and a 5-14-1 slate in conference action in 2010-11.

Dr. Cobb said a national search for McKelvie’s replacement will begin immediately.

Turagain Arm Trail Run
The Turnagain Arm race will include a four-mile or eight-mile run option. The eight-mile race will take place on the northern route from Rainbow Valley trail head to Potter trail head. The four-mile race starts at McHugh Creek trail head and ends at Potter trail head.

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Online registration fee is $20 until May 23. Registration is available for online at .

Registration fees will go to scholarships for UAA ski team.

28th Annual Cross Pass Crossing
Applications for the 28th annual Crow Pass Crossing, sponsored by the University of Alaska Anchorage Milers Booster Club, is now open.

Southcentral Alaska’s premier backcountry distance race begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 23.

The last chance to sign up for the race will be at the mandatory pre-race meeting at 5 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on the UAA campus.

The race starts with a 6 a.m. meeting at the Crow Pass Trail Head parking lot, the end of Crow Mine Road, six miles out of Girdwood.??The race is approximately 24 miles along the Crow Pass Trail from its start near Girdwood to the Eagle River Nature Center at the end of Eagle River Road. The total gradient is 5,959 feet, with a peak elevation gain of 3,888 feet.

There is a $60 application fee. A portion of each application fee will be donated to the not-for-profit Eagle River Nature Center. The rest of the money will go towards event costs and the UAA Milers Booster Club.

For more information, please call race director Michael Friess at 786-1325.

Johnson takes fifth at GNAC Championships
Alaska Anchorage junior Kelsea Johnson,  led the Seawolves at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference multi-event championships on Tuesday, finishing the heptathlon in fifth place at the Northwest Nazarene Track & Field Facility.

Joining Johnson in the two-day championship were classmates Dianne Chong and Wyatt Morgan , who both finished ninth in the heptathlon and decathlon, respectively. Seattle Pacific swept the events, with wins by Ali Worthen (heptathlon) and Nate Johnson (decathlon).

Johnson, from Sitka, amassed 4,375 points after the completion of seven events, earning UAA four point. In Day 2, Johnson leapt to 16-2 feet in the long jump, tossed 100-7 in the javelin and ran a 2:34.03 800-meter time.

Chong, also from Sitka, tallied 3,954 points, with her best performance on Day 2 coming in the long jump with a career-best leap of 18-0.5 – just six inches shy of the UAA record. Chong also posted a toss of 96-4 in the javelin and was clocked at 2:56.68 in the 800 meters.

In the men’s decathlon, Morgan advanced from a 13th-place standing on Day 1 to ninth with 5,477 points, bypassing his current UAA record of 4,445, set back in March. A local of Yamhill, Ore., Morgan set season-best times and marks in the 110-meter hurdles (16.38), discus (87-0), pole vault (13-3.50), javelin (118-6) and 1500 meters (4:33.75).

The rest of the GNAC Championships will take place on May 13-14 in Monmouth, Ore.

Head Coach, Chris Green announced three 2011 recruits
UAA head volleyball Chris Green unveiled his team’s first three recruits for the 2011 season, announcing that Ariel Austin, Franziska Pirkl and Maureen Sabado have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Seawolves..

Austin, a 5-11 right-side hitter, comes to UAA from junior-college national powerhouse Western Nebraska Community College, where the Cougars went 85-8 in her two seasons. The Woodland Park, Colo., native averaged 2.79 kills and 0.53 blocks per set while posting a .310 attack percentage as WNCC won the NJCAA national title in 2010. As a freshman in 2009, she hit .292 for a club that finished third nationally. “Ariel a dynamic, left-handed leaper who comes from a great winning tradition,” said Green, who earned 453 victories at WNCC from 1999-2007 before taking over the Seawolf program.

Pirkl is a 5-9 setter from Munich, Germany, where she plays for the SV Lohhof club team. In 2010, she guided her team to a runner-up finish at the German Under-18 Championships, and her 2009 squad won the Bavarian Under-18 title. Pirkl will be a freshman at UAA in the fall.

Sabado, a 5-11 middle blocker, had a solid freshman season at San Diego City College, where she was an All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference First Team selection last year. The Kodiak native ranked among the PCAC leaders with 3.64 kills and 1.43 blocks per set in league matches, and she was the conference’s Women’s Athlete of the Week for Oct. 25-31, 2010.

The Seawolves are an NCAA Div. II program that plays in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. UAA has posted a 41-17 record over the last two seasons with back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and one league title.


-Compiled by Megan Edge