WHAT: Willamette Invitational
WHEN: Mar. 24 -- Beginning with men’s discus at 8:30 ADT and ending with men’s 5,000m at 5:15 p.m.
WHERE: Salem, Ore. -- Charles Bowles Track 
SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow @UAAXCTF Twitter for updates during the meet 

ON TAP: The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams continue the outdoor season at the Willamette Invitational, March 24. 

2018 OUTLOOK: Alaska Anchorage’s two most recent national champions headline the Seawolves outdoor track and field teams. Danielle McCormick won the most recent national title by winning the 800 at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Caroline Kurgat, who won the cross country national title in 2017, will represent the Seawolves outdoors after redshirting the indoor season. Two members, Liam Lindsay and Nicholas Taylor, return from last year’s 4x400 relay that finished 4th (3:10.86) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  Vanessa Aniteye returns after placing 20th (56.20) in the 400 and is the only member returning from the 4x400 relay that placed 10th (3:43.33) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. UAA has two other student-athletes return that competed at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Danielle McCormick seventh in the 800 (2:08.72) and Mariah Burroughs 16th (10:46.70) in the steeplechase.

HORNET INVITE RECAP: A total of five Alaska Anchorage track and field athletes posted GNAC Championships qualifying marks on Mar. 17 at the Sacramento State Hornet Invitational to begin the outdoor season slate. Oshane Hylton, Felix Kemboi and Christopher Brake earned marks for the men’s squad, while Marie Ries and Vanessa Aniteye accomplished the feat on the women’s side at Hornet Stadium. Hylton competed in his first 100-meter dash for UAA. The sophomore from Orange Bay, Jamaica clocked 10.81 seconds to finish seventh out of 73 competitors, ranging from Div. I to junior college. He moved into a tie for fifth in outdoor men’s program history. Kemboi, qualified in the 1500 meters with a time of 3 minutes, 54.22 seconds, to earn 11th out of 88 finishers. The freshman – who won the 5000 meters at the GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Feb. – ran the 1500 for the first time of his collegiate career. Brake continued his stellar 2018 with a GNAC quality jump of 6 feet, 6.75 inches (2.00 meters), placing second out of the 39 athletes. He was named the GNAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet at the same GNAC competition. Alaska freshmen Brandon Nicholson and Joshua Jackman competed in the long jump. Nicholson (Wasilla, Colony HS) set a new collegiate personal best by leaping 21-07.50 and moved into ninth in the Seawolf record book, while Jackman (Kenai, Kenai Central HS) covered 19-07.50. In the women’s competition, Marie Ries set a GNAC standard time of 12.42 in the 100-meter dash. She finished 18th against 71 total competitors. Vanessa Aniteye ran a strong 400-meter time of 57.38, placing seventh out of 55 finishers. Aniteye also clocked 12.84 in the 100 meters. Rounding out the meet for the Green and Gold were Yvonne Jeschke and Elena Cano. Jeschke tallied 4,085 points in the heptathlon (12 out of 20), while Cano earned 3,879 points for 14th. Jeschke established new career bests in the 800 (2:20.15, 821 pts) and high jump (5-03.25, 747 pts) -- the third highest in program history.

2018 NCAA INDOOR REVIEW: Danielle McCormick won the 800-meter national championship with a time of 2:07.79. The national championship was the first for McCormick and the first by a UAA woman in indoor track and field. Danille McCormick joined Vanessa Aniteye, Yemi Knight and Tamara Perez on the distance medley relay that placed ninth (11:55.60). The women finished tied for 17th overall with 10 points. The men’s 4x400 relay did not finish at the NCAA Championships.

BROKEN RECORDS: Alaska Anchorage set seven outdoor records (three men, four women) in 2017. David Sramek tied the pole vault record with a mark of 14-9. Tevin Gladden cleared 6-11 in the high jump for a new record, and Grant George threw a school record on 49-10.5. The Seawolves set new records in both the 4x100 (46.37) and 4x400 (3:41.93) relays. Two of the four members of each relay return for UAA. Danielle McCormick ran a school-record time of 2:07.60 in the 800, and Karolin Anders jumped 5-8.75 for a new high jump record.

RECORD HOLDERS RETURNING: UAA will have four current outdoor school record holders competing this spring, Christopher Brake (triple jump, 47-3.5), Liam Lindsay (4x400, 3:10.60), Nicholas Taylor 4x400, 3:10.60), Danielle McCormick (800, 2:07.60, 4x400, 3:41.93) and Vanessa Aniteye (4x100, 46.37, 4x400, 3:41.93).