UAA breaks records at Long Beach
NORWALK, Calif. - The Alaska Anchorage men's and women's track & field teams furnished three Seawolf records at the Long Beach State Invitational on Saturday.
Freshman Cody Parker bypassed his own UAA record in the men's javelin with a toss of 215 feet, 4 inches. The throw gives Parker, from Comox, B.C., an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Championships that will be held on May 25-26 in Pueblo, Colo.
The women's 4x100-meter relay team set a school record with a time of 48.00, besting the previous time of 48.04. The foursome was made up of senior Dianne Chong and Kelsea Johnson, sophomore Haleigh Lloyd and freshman Grace Morgan.
Setting the school record in the men's pole vault was senior Micah Johnson. A native of Baker City, Ore., Johnson cleared the height of 14 feet, 10 inches, while sophomore Susan Tanui improved upon her 5,000-meter provisional time. A product of Eldoret, Kenya, Tanui completed the race in a time of 16.39.
Also setting a NCAA provisional time was senior Alfred Kangogo in the men's 1500 meters, likely qualifying him for Nationals with a time of 3:46.43. Kangogo holds the UAA record in the event at 3:44.67.
The Seawolves also got their second NCAA provisional qualifying time in as many days in men's 400-meter hurdles when freshman Elliott Bauer finished in 53.47. Bauer, from South Anchorage High School, joins senior teammate Shaun Ward as a possible NCAA participant after Ward's GNAC record-breaking time of 52.00 Friday at the Bryan Clay Invitational.
The Seawolves will have the next weekend off before select athletes compete at the GNAC Multi-Event Championships on April 30-May 1 and at the Occidental Invitational on May 5.