AZUSA, Calif. – For the second day in a row, Alaska Anchorage junior Caroline Kurgat shattered a school record, running 4 minutes, 21.18 seconds in the 1,500 meters at the Bryan Clay Invitational on Friday.
Kurgat’s time is an NCAA Div. II Championships automatic qualifier and stands as the fourth fastest in GNAC history, and second-fastest in Div. II this season. The previous UAA 1,500-meter record was set by Ivy O’Guinn (4:25.19) in 2012.
The junior from Eldoret, Kenya, established the GNAC and UAA 5K record on Thursday in 15:43.95. The 5K mark is the fourth-best in Div. II history. On Mar. 30, she also recorded the second-fastest 10K time in Div. II history (32:33.24).
Senior Tamara Perez improved upon her provisional qualifying time with a 4:26.64 – the third-fastest 1,500 in school history. Junior Danielle McCormick also secured a provisional time, clocking 4:31.33.
Senior Vanessa Aniteye ran her second provisional standard in the 400 meters, covering one lap in 55.24. Marie Ries ran a career-best in the 200-meter dash (25.14), which doubled as a GNAC Championships qualifying time. Ries also secured a season-best time in the 100 meters (12.38).
On the men’s side, senior Liam Lindsay became the second-fastest 200-meter runner in program history, clocking 21.77 seconds. He also ran 48.67 in the 400-meter dash.
Other meet highlights included sophomore Oshane Hylton, junior Daniel Remington, and sophomore Christopher Brake. Hylton qualified for the GNAC Championships in the 200-meter dash in 22.18. Remington earned a career-best time in the same race (22.48). Brake earned a GNAC-quality triple jump, leaping 46 feet, 11 inches.
The men’s and No. 6 women’s track and field programs will have one more meet to qualify for the GNAC Championships, Saturday at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach.
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