Ashcroft spearheads UAA to two GNAC records
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves return home to Anchorage following a successful weekend in the Bay Area, which was highlighted by three Great Northwest Athletic Conference broken records, including two Saturday at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.
Freshman Jamie Ashcroft continued her dominance in the sprinting events by besting her own league record in the 100 meters with a winning-time of 11.74. Her previous best was 11.84 from March 7. The Shawnigan Lake, B.C., native needs to reach 11.56 for automatic qualification to the NCAAs in May.
Additionally, Ashcroft anchored the women’s 4x100-meter relay that set a new conference record with a winning time of 46.56. The relay – which also included Mackenzie Harsh, Rosie Smith and Sasha Halfyard – improved the GNAC record by 21 tenths of a second. Seattle Pacific held the record since last season at 46.77.
Meanwhile, senior Ethan Hewitt won the men’s 400 meters with a NCAA provisional time of 48.00 – his season best – while Austen DeWolf registered his career high in the 100 meters by breaking 11 seconds at 10.98. Other Seawolves the came away with victories included the men’s 4x100-meter relay (42.94), and Bobo Camara (53.65) in the 400-meter hurdles.
At the Stanford Invite, senior Ivy O’Guinn improved her 800-meter time to 2:12.12, qualifying herself provisionally for the NCAAs.
Senior Micah Chelimo collected UAA’s third GNAC record of the weekend Friday when he posted a Div. II-leading time of 28:37.75 at Stanford.
UAA will return to California when they send their multi-eventers to Sacramento for the Mondo Multi, April 11-12.