LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s track & field teams commenced the 2014 outdoor season in style with one broken Great Northwest Athletic Conference record and four NCAA qualifying marks at the UNLV Track Classic over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Seawolves were led by freshman Jamie Ashcroft in the sprinting events. Ashcroft set the league record in the 100 meters with a time of 11.84 seconds. Ashcroft then went on to post a personal best in the 200 meters with a time of 24.27. Both times qualified her provisionally for the NCAA Championships in Allendale, Mich., May 22-24.
Meanwhile, UAA came away with wins in the 400 meters and the 400-meter hurdles as well. Senior Ethan Hewitt won the open 400 with a time of 48.28, more than a second faster than his nearest competitor, while sophomore Bobo Camara recorded a provisional NCAA qualifying time in the 400mH with a time of 53.14.
On Friday, sophomore Franz Burghagen, a third-place finisher in the javelin a year ago at the NCAAs, won the event with a toss of 216-10 – qualifying himself automatically for the National meet. The NCAA defending champion in the javelin – junior Cody Parker – finished second with a mark of 209-5, qualifying him provisionally for the National meet.
The outdoor season will continue next weekend with the Ben Brown Invitational, while the indoor season will conclude with the NCAA Championships in North Carolina, March 14-15.