Alaska sports roundup (4/5/12)

April 4, 2012 

Track and Field

GNAC honors Lloyd

UAA sophomore Haleigh Lloyd earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference track athlete-of-the-week honors Wednesday for her record-breaking weekend in Oregon.

Lloyd, of Ladysmith, British Columbia, was honored for her performance at last week's Willamette Invitational, where she broke the GNAC record in the 400-meter hurdles by clocking 59.98 seconds, becoming the conference's first woman to break the one-minute barrier.

Lloyd also broke the UAA record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.49, good for second place at the meet and the fifth-best time in GNAC history.

It was the second time this season that Lloyd has won the award. Western Washington's Michael Hoffman and Saint Martin's Kyle Van Santen were co-recipients of this week's men's award.

Prep Wrestling

Ellis leads Alaska wrestlers at national tournaments

Led by an All-American performance from Service senior Stephen Ellis, Alaska wrestlers made strong showings last weekend in national tournaments.

Ellis earned All-American status by reaching the semifinals and finishing sixth in the 195-pound division at the boys' National High School Coaches Association Tournament in Virginia Beach, Va.

Service's Rilen Skieens (160 pounds) and Sitka's Darin Davis (106) each came within one match of the semifinals and All-American status, and South sophomore Kraig Hammond won his first four matches on his way to a 12th-place finish in the 120-pound division.

In the girls national championships in Ypsilanti, Mich., Service junior Tasha Mockta and senior Gaby Serrano both turned in top-10 finishes. Mockta took eighth place in the 106-pound division, and Serrano finished ninth in the 138-pound division.

-- Anchorage Daily News

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