NAMPA, Idaho – Alaska Anchorage senior All-American Karolin Anders leads the heptathlon after Day 1 of the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Combined Event Championships on Monday, as three other Seawolves post top-10 positions.
Leading the league field after four events was Anders, a local of Berlin, Germany. A two-time, GNAC champion and three-time All-American in the event, Anders leads with 3,017 points with three events to go. Anders sits ahead of second-place Seattle Pacific's Scout Cai (2,857) by 160 points in her final GNAC heptathlon.
Anders won the shot put at 41-1 easily, tied for second in the high jump at 5-3.75 and placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at 15.54 and in the 200 meters at 26.08.
Also competing in the seven-event competition are freshman Elena Cano and sophomore Yvonne Jeschke. Cano, who won the 100 meters at 15.08, is fifth in the standings with 2,662 points, while Jeschke is ninth with 2,520 points.
In the men's decathlon, UAA is led by senior Travis Turner at the halfway mark. Turner, from Stockton, Calif., sits fourth in the standings with 3,502 points. A NCAA qualifier in the heptathlon at the 2017 indoor championships, Turner finished second in the 400 meters (50.12), third in the long jump (22-0.75), fourth in the shot put (37-9.5), fifth in the 100 meters (11.32) and tied for fifth in the high jump (5-8.5).
Freshman David Sramek, who is provisionally qualified for the NCAAs in late May, is ninth in the standings with 2,828 points.
Leading the men's field is Concordia's James Phillips with 3,642 points – six points behind Turner's halfway score (3,648) from the Hornet Invite in mid-March.
Second day action will being at 8:30 a.m. AST with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles. The heptathlon commences at 9:30 a.m. AST with the long jump.