Sports Briefs

Registe named Most Outstanding Male Performer

Senior David Registe was named the Most Outstanding Male Performer May 14, 2011 at the conclusion of the 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Track & Field Outdoor Championships, after posting a meet-record five titles at McArthur Field.

On Day 2 of the championships, the Seawolves combined for seven GNAC individual titles for program-best-tying nine over the two-day haul. Overall, the Seawolves claimed 13 All-Conference certificates and posted one school record. The Seawolves had produced nine titles during the 2010 and 2008 season.

The men’s team finished the meet fourth with 103 points, while the women’s team was sixth with 86 points. Western Oregon (203) and Seattle Pacific (206) came away with the men’s and women’s team titles, respectively.

A local of Palmer, Registe became the first athlete to post five GNAC titles, after sweeping the 100 meters and 200 meters. Registe, who won the long jump on Friday with a leap of 24-6.25, was also a member of the winning 4×100-meter relay team and the 4×100-meter relay team.

Registe won the 100 meters with a time of 10.76, before claiming the 200 meter title with a time of 21.69. Registe anchored the 4×100-meter relay, helping the Seawolves to their first title in the event since 2008 with a time of 42.20. Joining Registe on the winning squad was sophomore A. J. Allen, freshman Billy Kiefer and junior Shaun Ward.

Registe helped the 4×400-meter relay team defend their title for the third straight season with a time of 3:17.93. Senior Levi Sutton was the lead off leg, followed by junior Alfred Kangogo, Registe and Ward.

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Claiming his second GNAC title in the meet was sophomore Micah Chelimo with a win in the 5,000 meters. Chelimo, from Kapkoi, Kenya, defended his title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday, before registering a person-best time of 14:29.41 in the 5K.

Collecting his first GNAC title of his career was Ward in the 400-meter hurdles. A product of Eagle River, Ward was clocked at 52.23 for the program’s first win in the men’s event.

On the women’s side, sophomore Ruth Keino earned her first GNAC title with the victory in the 5K. From Kapcheno, Kenya, Keino broke the tape at 17:23.81, besting teammate junior Miriam Kipng’eno (17:29.78), who finished second for All-Conference honors.

Also garnering All-Conference honors was senior Ardrienna Everett (1:03.07) in the 400-meter hurdles, good for second place, and Kangogo (1:57.06) in the 1500 meters with a runner-up performance.

Setting the lone UAA record of the meet was the women’s 4×100-meter relay team. The foursome of juniors Dianne Chong and Kelsea Johnson and freshmen Sasha Halfyard and Haleigh Lloyd recorded a new time of 48.54, bypassing the previous record of 48.75 set on March 5 of this year.


All-Region Team

Thirteen Alaska Anchorage Seawolves were among a total 1,250 athletes that were named Tuesday to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) inaugural  outdoor track & field Div. II All-Region Team.

Leading the UAA men’s squad, which was ranked No. 16 in the latest USTFCCCA national poll, was senior David Registe with four honors.  Claiming two awards were juniors Alfred Kangogo and Shaun Ward and sophomores Micha Chelimo and Ethan Hewitt and Ethan Hewitt. Senior Levi Sutton and freshman Gabe Holland earned one accolade.

On the women’s side, junior Miriam Kipgn’eno, sophomore Ruth Keino and freshman Ivy O’Guinn each picked up two honors, while seniors Emma Bohman and Ardrienna Everett and freshman Haleigh Lloyd chipped in with one honor apiece.

The top five from each region in individual events and each member of a relay ranked in the region’s top three have earned the All-Region distinction for the 2011 outdoor season.

Qualified Seawolves will head to Turlock, Calif., on May 26-28 for the 2011 NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.


Shootout roster announced

The University of Alaska Anchorage has unveiled the fields for the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, UAA athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb announced May 18.

Along with host Alaska Anchorage, women’s teams from Miami (Fla.) and South Florida, and men’s teams from UC Irvine, Central Michigan, Dartmouth, Murray State, New Mexico State, San Francisco and Southern Mississippi will appear at Sullivan Arena for the 34th annual college basketball tournament.

This year’s tourney is scheduled for Nov. 22-26, opening with women’s first-round action on Tuesday night and concluding with the men’s championship on Saturday.

First-round matchups have been set for the men’s tournament, commencing with Southern Miss vs. UAA and Murray State vs. UC Irvine on Wednesday night, followed by San Francisco-Central Michigan and New Mexico State-Dartmouth on Thanksgiving. Tip-off times will be announced later.

New Mexico State won the Shootout title in 1992, while Dartmouth (Ivy League) and Murray State (Ohio Valley) will become the first men’s schools from their respective conferences to play at the Shootout. On the women’s side, Miami will feature Anchorage native Sylvia Bullock – the sister of UAA men’s career scoring leader Peter Bullock – in its starting lineup, and South Florida gives the Shootout a women’s representative from the Big East Conference for the third time in four years.

The Shootout is the longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament in the nation, taking place every Thanksgiving in Anchorage since 1978.


11 Track and Field athletes make all-academic team

Eleven Alaska Anchorage Seawolves were among a total of 146 student-athletes – 92 women and 54 men –  that were named to the 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Track & Field Academic all-star team on Wednesday.

Leading the Seawolf pack with her third academic honor was senior Ardrienna Everett (Palmer, Colony HS). Everett, who was one of 20 GNAC athletes to earn the accolade for a third consecutive season, recorded a 3.41 overall GPA as an English major.

Juniors Alfred Kangogo and Thomas Hill (3.24, physical education) and Shoshana Keegan (3.32, early childhood education) and sophomores Micah Chelimo (3.51, engineering), Ethan Hewitt (3.21, undeclared), Katie Krehlik (3.60, early childhood education), Ruth Keino (3.52, early childhood education), Brad Truax (3.56, economics) and Shaun Ward (3.46, management and marketing).

To be eligible for the academic team, student-athletes must have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 and be in at least their second year of competition at their university.  They must also qualify to compete in either the GNAC Indoor or Outdoor Track and Field championship meet.


UAA ski team adds Vanessa Berther to Roster

Alaska Anchorage Alpine coach Sparky Anderson announced the signing of U.S. Ski Team Member Vanessa Berther to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

Berther, a local of Bellevue, Wash., joins the Seawolf squad after spending two seasons with the U.S. Ski Team. A graduate of Skyline High Sc nt slalom at the U.S. National Junior Championships in Aspen, Colo., in March of 2009, before finishing third overall in the junior division at the U.S. Nationals to help secure a spot on the U.S. Ski Team for the 2009-10 season.

In her first season with the U.S. Ski Team, Berther placed sixth in the super G at the Aspen NorAm after finishing 10th in the giant slalom at the Austrian National Junior Championships. This past season, Berther registered multiple top-15 finishes, including a 14th-place showing in the GS at the National Championships on Jan. 4.

Berther is first to sign a lett ski team.


Womens basketball signs Gritt Ryder

Another international talent has committed to play for the University of Alaska Anchorage as women’s basketball coach Tim Moser announced Monday that Gritt Ryder has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Seawolves.

Ryder, a 5-10 guard from Rungsted Kyst, Denmark, has been one of the top players for her country’s age-group national teams the past three years. In 2010, she averaged 16.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals, and shot 79 percent from the free throw line at the European Under-18 Championships in Romania. She was the tournament’s fourth-leading scorer, posting a high game of 24 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three assists in a 65-57 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Ryder – who will have four years of eligibility at UAA – was also on the Danish U-16 squad at the 2008 European Championships in Bulgaria, where she averaged 7.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.5 spg, and shot 80 percent at the charity stripe.

Last season, Ryder averaged 10.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.1 spg for the Horsholm 79ers club team, helping her squad to a 13-8 record and runner-up finishes in the Dame Ligaen regular season and playoffs.

Ryder and fellow signee Bruna Deichmann (Brazil) are the eighth and ninth international players signed by Moser, including returning senior Hanna Johansson (Sweden).

Ryder is the fifth signee for the Seawolves’ 2011-12 recruiting class, joining JC transfers Deichmann (G, 5-9, Balneario-Camboriu, Brazil/Coll. of Eastern Utah) and Haley Holmstead (G, 5-8, American Fork, Utah/Salt Lake CC), and fellow incoming freshmen Jessica Madison (G, 5-8, Port Angeles, Wash.) and Katie Richens (G, 5-8, Roosevelt, Utah/Union HS).??The Seawolves are coming off a 27-7 season in which they advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament 2nd Round and won the inaugural Great Northwest Athletic Tournament title.