FAIRBANKS—The impressive start to the cross country season by the Alaska Nanooks women has garnered regional attention as they head to Hawaii today to compete in the Chaminade Invitational scheduled for Saturday in Honolulu.
After posting victories against Northwest Nazarene and Seattle Pacific University to open the season Sept. 2 and 4 on the University of Alaska West Ridge Trails, the Nanooks are ranked fourth in the NCAA Division II West Region Poll released earlier this week by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Nanooks trail intrastate rival Alaska Anchorage, Chico State and Western Washington in the poll. Alaska will not race against Alaska Anchorage until the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships in Oct.
The NCAA West Region will receive six automatic qualifiers for this year’s NCAA Division II Championships in November.
The two teams the Nanooks beat in Fairbanks are ranked fifth (NNU) and sixth (SPU) in the West Region poll.
Hall of Fame inductions
The 2010 class of the Alaska Nanooks Hall of Fame will be inducted into during an 11 a.m. brunch on Saturday at the Carol Brown Ballroom in the Wood Center on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.
This year’s class includes former athletic director John C. Gilmore, former vice chancellor of student affairs Harris Shelton, and former student-athletes Sigrid Aas (women’s skiing and cross country), Mallory (Bergstrom) Larranaga (volleyball), Melissa Mulloy-Mecozzi (rifle), and Stuart Watkins (rifle). The Induction ceremony is part of the UAF Alumni Weekend celebration.
Six plaques, featuring the inductees’ individual picture and accomplishments, will be placed into the Nanook Hall of Fame display case at the Patty Center in time for the Nanooks’ 7 p.m. volleyball match against Simon Fraser.
All six class members will be presented with a replica plaque at the Induction Brunch on Saturday morning and recognized with their plaques at the Alaska Nanooks home events later in the day —the Blue/Gold hockey scrimmage at 5 p.m. at the Patty Center and the volleyball match that follows.
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