BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s track & field teams concluded Day 2 of the 2017 NCAA Div. II Indoor Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Friday with two top-10 finishes.
The Seawolves had two individual and one relay in action today, picking up two, top-10 results and qualifying senior Jamie Ashcroft to the finals on Saturday. With seven of 17 events scored on the men’s side, the Seawolves are tied for No. 21 with four points, while the women’s team has yet to field any points.
In her second day of competition, Ashcroft qualified for the finals of the 200 meters after finishing sixth in the prelims with a time of 24.15. The Shawnigan Lake, B.C., native entered the race with the fourth-best time (24.09). Ashcroft, who competed in the 60 meters yesterday, will also be a member of the 4x400-meter relay to conclude the championships.
After sitting in 12th after four events, senior Travis Turner finished 10th in the heptathlon with 5,119 points. Turner was 11th following the pole vault (13-11.25) before finishing fifth in the final event – the 1,000 meters – with a time of 2:45.83, moving himself up a position. Turner took fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.37) and sixth in the pole vault.
Despite two career bests on Thursday, Turner fared better in the placing today. Turner highest finish yesterday was ninth (high jump). He also finished 11th in the 60 meters, 12th in the shot put and 13th in the long jump.
The women’s distance medley relay also finished in the top-10, taking ninth with a season-best time of 11:36.55. The foursome was made up of sophomore Danielle McCormick, senior Mary-Kathleen Cross, senior Hayley Bezanson and junior Caroline Kurgat. McCormick handed off in eighth place, before Cross dropped down to ninth. As anchor, Kurgat brought the Seawolves to ninth from 13th, where Bezanson had handed off at.
Action continues tomorrow with the men’s and women’s 3,000 meters and the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relays. The 200-meter finals will start at 1:20 p.m. AST before the 3,000 meters kicks off at 1:40 p.m. AST, directly followed by the relays.