INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA revealed its list of qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA Div. II Indoor Track and Field Championships, which includes a pair of relays and the nation’s top-ranked 800-meter women’s quartet, on Tuesday.
“I’m just really glad we were able to fly the flag for both men’s and women’s teams again this year,” head coach Michael Friess said. “Qualifying for nationals is a big deal.”
The men’s 4x400-meter relay came up clutch at the Boston University Last Chance Meet over the weekend, posting an impressive time of 3 minutes, 13.02 seconds. Nicholas Taylor, Darrion Gray, Daniel Remington and Liam Lindsay moved into a tie for eighth to secure a spot in the 12-team qualifying field. The time of 3:13.02 is the second best in GNAC and program history.
“I’m proud of the effort our men’s 4x400 team displayed to qualify again,” Friess said.
The No. 15 Alaska Anchorage women’s squad will be represented in the distance medley relay and 800 meters. Danielle McCormick, Vanessa Aniteye, Yemi Knight and Tamara Perez own the second fastest time in the nation (11:32.96) in the DMR. They also own the second fastest time in school history and sit a half second behind Western State (11:32.40).
All four Seawolves that comprise the nation’s top-ranked 800-meter squad advanced to nationals, which will feature 20 athletes in the event. McCormick (fourth, 2:07.13), Perez (fifth, 2:08.65) and Knight (11th, 2:09.85) will be joined by Ruth Cvancara (18th, 2:11.34). McCormick owns the program record in the distance.
“Sending four athletes to compete in the 800 is incredible,” Friess said. “The meet should be a lot of fun and hope we can deliver another solid performance.”
UAA will compete in the NCAA Div. II Indoor Track and Field Championships, Mar. 9-10 in Pittsburg, Kan.