ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame recognized some of the state’s best in hockey, running, and motorsports. Local running legend Marcie Trent along with former NHL hockey player Matt Carle headline the 2020 class. The Yukon 800 riverboat race was inducted as an event, and the 1991 UAA Hockey Team upset of Boston College in the NCAA Tournament was selected for the moment category.
The class of 2020 will be inducted on April 28 at the Anchorage Museum.
Not many hall of fame athletic careers begin at 50-years-old, but that was the case for Marcie Trent. The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame said Trent logged more than 71,000 miles of running in her lifetime. Her accomplishments included nine national age-group records, five age world records for female marathoners in their 60s, three-time Fairbanks Equinox Marathon champion, and first Alaskan woman over 50-years-old to run the Boston Marathon. She was also inducted into the USA Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame in 2001.
In 1995, Trent and her son Larry Waldron were killed by a bear running in the Chugach State Park. The Trent Waldron Half Marathon and 10K are run every year in their memory.
Matt Carle grew up in Anchorage and would make a name for himself on the national hockey stage leading the University of Denver to two national championships and winning the Hobey Baker in 2006.
After finishing his college career Carle headed to the NHL where he played for the San Jose Sharks. He would go on to play 12 seasons in the NHL for San Jose, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, and Nashville.
’91 UAA hockey upset over Boston College
The 1991 UAA hockey team was an independent team that made the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid. In the second round of the tournament, the Seawolves and would face off with Hockey East powerhouse Boston College led by Hobey Baker winner David Emma.
UAA would sweep Boston in two straight games to win the series and advance to the quarter-finals where they would lose to Northern Michigan the eventual winners of the national championship.
The Yukon 800 was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame as a moment.
Considered one of the ‘longest, roughest, and toughest speed boat race in the world’ the two-day high-speed riverboat race winds through Chena, Tanana, and Yukon rivers.
It dates back to 1960 when it was called the “Arctic Circle Marathon” and went from Circle City to Fairbanks. Back then it took Ray Kisola’s crew more than 26 hours to win, but these days the record stands at 11 hours, 52 minutes by Harold Attla’s crew in 2000.
Find out more about the 2020 induction class at Alaska Sports Hall of Fame website
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