SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Alaska Anchorage’s women’s 4x400-meter relay broke the conference record as the Seawolves amassed seven provisionally NCAA qualifying (PNQ) times on Day 1 of the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Friday.
Coming away with the title in the women’s 4x400-meter relay was UAA. The Seawolves’ relay, which was made up by sophomore Danielle McCormick, senior Mary-Kathleen Cross, senior Hayley Bezanson and freshman Vanessa Aniteye, smashed the UAA record with a PNQ-time of three minutes, 41.93 seconds – the fastest time in Div. II this season and a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record.
Three of the four members were part of the Seawolves’ All-America performance at the indoor NCAAs back on March 11. The previous school record was 3:50.28, which was set in May of 2011, while the old GNAC record was held by Simon Fraser at 3:42.05 from 2011.
Posting the fastest time this season in Div. II in the 5,000 meters was senior Dominik Notz. A local of Dettingen, Germany, Notz finished ninth against Div. I opponents with a PNQ-time of 14:02.37 in his first race of the outdoor season. The time surpasses his career best of 14:03.95, which was recorded at the Husky Indoor Classic in February.
Joining Notz with a provisional time in the 5,000 meters was junior Edwin Kangogo. Kangogo finished at 14:24.08, bypassing the needed time of 14:37.45 for provisional consideration.
The Seawolves’ first PNQ time of the day came courtesy of sophomore Zennah Jepchumba in the 10,000 meters. A local of Eldoret, Kenya, Jepchumba posted a personal-best time of 36:11.04 for the second-fastest Div. II time this season. Jepchumba finished 11th against mostly Div. I competitors, as Cal Baptist’s Katherine Robinson took sixth with the fastest Div. II time of the season at 35:37.28.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, UAA received PNQ times from junior Mariah Burroughs in the women’s race and freshman Christoph Sander in the men’s. Burroughs (Wasilla HS) crossed with a career-best time of 10:39.44 – third best all-time in the UAA record book – to take ninth overall. Meanwhile, Sander (Vienna, Austria) finished at 9:09.94, good for 16th in the event and fourth all-time for the Seawolves.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay also set a qualifying time of 3:12.59, winning the event at Cox Stadium. The foursome of sophomore Nicholas Taylor, junior Liam Lindsay, junior Darrion Gray and senior Adam Commandeur, which was the Seawolves’ All-American team from the indoor NCAAs, posted the third-fastest time in UAA history. The relay defeated second-place American River (3:23.28).
Day 2 of the Distance Carnival concludes tomorrow with the sprints and field events.