Sports briefs 06/03

Kangogo takes the podium at NCAA’s

Junior Alfred Kangogo finalized a remarkable track & field season for Alaska Anchorage by claiming the Seawolves’ best finish at the 2011 NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, with a third-place showing in the 1500 meters. Joining Kangogo with All-America honors was freshman Susan Bick in the 800 meters.

At Al Brenda Track, the Seawolves concluded the championships with five All-America honors, tying the most in program history. UAA also had five All-America honors in both 2010 and 2009.

Kangogo (of Eldoret, Kenya), who came back from a surgery in the fall that caused him to redshirt the cross country season, captured UAA’s only podium finish at the meet with a third-place finish in the 1500 meters. The USTFCCCA West Region Male Track Athlete of the Year, Kangogo registered a time of three minutes, 57.25 seconds for his second consecutive All-America honor in the event.

Finishing ahead of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Most Outstanding Male Performer was a pair of Adams State runner’s in winner Andrew Graham (3:56.03) and runner-up Ryan McNiff (3:56.76).

Bick, who entered the finals with the sixth-fastest time from the prelims, claimed All-America honors with an eighth-place finish in the 800 meters. The Anchorage (Bartlett HS) native and lone freshman in the finals was clocked at 2:17.21.

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Competing in the women’s 1500 meters were freshman Ivy O’Guinn and junior Miriam Kipng’eno. A local of Soldotna (Skyview HS), O’Guinn wrapped up her first NCAA appearance with a ninth-place showing with a time of 4:32.59, while Kipng’eno, from Eldoret, Kenya, was 12th with a time of 4:38.81.

Concluding action for the Seawolves was sophomore Ruth Keino (Kapcheno, Kenya) and Kipng’eno in the 5,000 meters. Keino finished 14th with a time of 17:01.62, while Kipng’eno was 16th with a time of 17:10.97.

Collecting All-America honors on May 26 were senior David Registe (4th) in the long jump and Keino (8th) in the 10,000 meters, while sophomore Micah Chelimo earned his second career All-America honor in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on May 27 with a sixth-place result.

During the championships, the Seawolves snagged three school records. On Thursday, Keino secured the UAA record in the 10K with a time of 34:30.53, while Kipng’eno broke the 1500 meter record with a time of 4:30.36. On Friday, Bick broke her own record in the 800 meters in the prelim with a time of 2:10.69.

Keino and Bick became the first UAA women to register All-America honors since Kim Brady in 2008 and the first pair since Mandy Kaempf and Mary Pearce teamed-up in 2006.


Revision for the Mens shootout bracket

University of Alaska Anchorage athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb announced Thursday that the brackets for the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout have been revised.

New opening-round match-ups are now Murray State vs. host Alaska Anchorage and Dartmouth vs. San Francisco on Wed., Nov. 23, followed by Central Michigan vs. New Mexico State and UC Irvine vs. Southern Mississippi on Thur., Nov. 24.

The men’s portion of the 34th annual college basketball tournament is scheduled for Nov. 23-26 at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena.

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


Sullivan Arena – Anchorage, Alaska

All times TBA (Alaska is 4 hours behind EST)

Men’s Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – First Round Murray State vs Alaska Anchorage ?Dartmouth vs San Francisco

Thursday, Nov. 24 – First Round Central Michigan vs New Mexico State ?UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi

Friday, Nov. 25 – Consolation Semifinals & Semifinals MSU/UAA loser vs DC/USF loser ?CMU/NMSU loser vs UCI/USM loser?MSU/UAA winner vs DC/USF winner?CMU/ NMSU winner vs UCI/USM winner

Saturday, Nov. 26 7th/8th-place game ?4th/6th-place game?3rd/5th-place game?Championship game

Chelimo earns academic honor as well

Alaska Anchorage track & field standout Chelimo was named May 26, to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District VIII Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team in the College Division.

The team, voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognizes the top 10 male student-athletes in terms of both academic and athletic accomplishment in eight different regions. The College Division encompasses NCAA Div. II, III and NAIA schools.

Chelimo, an engineering major with a 3.68 GPA, helped both the UAA men’s cross country and track & field teams to top-20 national finishes, gaining All-America honors in each sport. Last fall, he was UAA’s top runner at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, finishing 21st and leading the Seawolves to eighth in the nation.

As a member of the all-district team, Chelimo now advances to balloting for the Capital One Academic All-America Team.

To be eligible for the team, a student-athlete must a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution. District VIII encompasses nine states – Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington – and two Canadian provinces.


Miriam Seale joins UAA women’s basketball

The Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team bolstered its frontcourt Wednesday as head coach Tim Moser announced the signing of Miriam Seale to a National Letter of Intent.

Seale, a 6-3 center, comes to UAA after a standout sophomore season at South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Ga., where she averaged 9.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 2010-11. The London native helped SGTC to a 29-4 overall record and a berth in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association title game as the Lady Jets were nationally ranked most of the season and finished as one of the top defensive teams in the country.

As a freshman, Seale played at junior-college power Midland (Texas) College, where she was a key reserve on the Chaparalls’ 31-5, Elite Eight squad in 2009-10.

Before coming to the United States, Seale was a one of the prep players in England, making that nation’s Under-16 and Under-18 National Teams.

Seale is the seventh signee for the Seawolves’ 2011-12 recruiting class.

Seale, who will become the first Englishwoman ever to suit up for UAA.

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.