2012 JDHS graduate Jesse Miller will be joining University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves senior, and former JDHS Crimson Bears’ runner, Katie Krehlik on the UAA cross country team this season.
The Seawolves return to action with 15 letter winners – including nine with NCAA Championship experience – and seven newcomers ... UAA will be led by All-Americans Micah Chelimo – who will look to defend his NCAA Div. II West Region and GNAC titles – on the men’s side, and by senior Miriam Kipng’eno –who finished third at the GNACs and West Region – on the women’s side ... the Seawolves also return All-Americans Ivy O’Guinn and Jake Parisien.
The UAA roster (name, year, experience, hometown & previous school): Men - Dylan Anthony So. 1V Kodiak (Kodiak HS); Micah Chelimo Sr. 3V Kapkoi, Kenya (Tambach HS); Joe Day Fr. HS Palmer (Palmer HS); Andrey Ionashku Fr. HS Delta Junction (Delta Junction HS); Alfred Kangogo Sr. 3V Eldoret, Kenya (Kitale Boys HS); Isaac Kangogo So. 1V Eldoret, Kenya (Mother of Apostles Seminary); Jesse Miller Fr. HS Juneau (Juneau Douglas HS); Dominik Notz Fr. HS Dettingen, Germany; Jake Parisien Sr. 3V Palmer (Palmer HS); Kevin Rooke So. 1V Toronto, Ontario (Don Mills Collegiate Institute).
Women - Jaymi Bethea Fr. RS Kodiak (University of Colorado); Susan Bick Jr. 2V Anchorage (Bartlett HS); Sarah Freistone Fr. HS Anchorage (Dimond HS); Bryn Haebe So. 1V Evergreen, Colo. (Evergreen HS); Miriam Kipng’eno Sr. 3V Eldoret, Kenya (Girls Secondary School); Katie Krehlik Sr. 3V Juneau (Juneau-Douglas HS); Valerie Massie Sr. 1V Snohomish, Wash. (Everett Community College); Ivy O’Guinn Jr. 2V Soldotna (Skyview HS); Jessica Pahkala Fr. HS Wasilla (Wasilla HS); Christi Schmitz Jr. 1V North Pole (North Pole HS); Susan Tanui Jr. 1V Eldoret, Kenya (Bishop Secondary School.
UAA’s season begins in Hawaii in September, before the WWU Classic and GNAC Championships in October and followed by the NCAA West Regional and NCAA Championships in November. The 2011 UAA men’s and women’s cross country teams completed the regular season with a perfect 12 team victories before finishing sixth on the women’s side and eighth on the men’s side at the 2011 NCAA Div. II Championships for the second straight season ... combined, UAA received four All-America honors ... both squads swept the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships and NCAA Div. II West Region Championships for the second consecutive year, while landing 12 on the All-West Region team and eight on the All-Conference team ... individually, senior Ruth Keino, who completed the regular season undefeated, and Micah Chelimo were each named the West Region and GNAC Female and Male Runners of the Year, respectively ... for the second straight year, head coach Michael Friess swept the men’s and women’s West Region and GNAC Coach of the Year honors.