AZUSA, Calif. – Two Seawolves registered provisionally NCAA qualifying times Friday as the nationally ranked Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s track & field team conclude Day 2 of their trip with the annual Bryan Clay Invitational.
Picking up a career-best time of 55.76 seconds in the 400 meters was freshman Vanessa Aniteye. A local of Hamberg, Germany, Aniteye qualified provisionally for the NCAAs in late May with the second-fastest time in UAA history. Aniteye holds the indoor record at 55.89, but will need 53.56 to catch Mary Pearce’s 10-year old outdoor mark.
Returning to action after suffering an injury a few weeks ago, senior Jamie Ashcroft easily made up for her time off and provisionally qualified in the 100 meters with a time of 11.89. The Shawnigan Lake, B.C., native finished 13th in the race. She also ran a team-best 24.79 200 meters later in the day.
In one of the final events of the day, the men’s 4x400-meter relay improved their provisional time from two weekends ago by .30, crossing at 3:12.29. The team was made up of sophomore Nicholas Taylor, junior Liam Lindsay, junior Darrion Gray and senior Adam Commandeur.
Just missing the provisional time in the 1500 meters was sophomore Danielle McCormick. The UAA-record holder in the 800 meters, McCormick was clocked at 4:34.31, missing the mark by .31.
The Seawolves return to action tomorrow with the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.