SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Alaska Anchorage senior All-American Karolin Anders and senior Travis Turner delivered winning performances in the multi events at the Hornet Invitational Saturday as the Seawolves concluded the outdoor opener in California.
The Seawolves registered one automatic NCAA qualifying (ANQ) mark and three provisional NCAA qualifying (PNQ) marks in their first weekend of outdoor competition.
Leading the way with the ANQ in the heptathlon was Anders. From Berlin, Germany, Anders returned to action for the Green & Gold with her best performance since the 2014 outdoor season, jumping from third to first after Day 1. Anders registered 5,180 points to win the event and book herself to her final NCAA championship.
Anders furnished five top-5 finishes in the multi event, including a runner-up performance in the long jump at 17-11. She also went 122-11 in the javelin and 2:22.62 in the 800 meters. An eight-time All-American, Anders’ point total currently ranks fourth all-time this season in Div. II.
Competing in Day 2 of the decathlon were Turner and freshman David Sramek. Turner (Stockton, Calif.) captured the crown with a PNQ mark of 6,761, besting second-place Sramek (6,381) by 380 points. Sramek leaped from third to second following the final five events. Sramek, from Klatovy, Czech Republic, also set a PNQ mark. The duo will need to hit 7,100 for automatic qualification.
Turner won the 110-meter hurdles at 14.85, giving himself four wins out of the 10 events. Meanwhile, Sramek won the 1500 meters with a time of 4:32.60 and the pole vault with a leap of 14-9, tying the UAA record held by Cody Thomas (5/27/16). Altogether, Sramek had two wins and five top-2 results.
Also collecting a PNQ mark was senior Tevin Gladden. From Fairbanks, Gladden went 6-8.75 in the open high jump, placing second. Gladden also competed in the long jump, finishing 11th with a jump of 22-8.
Up next, the Seawolves will head to the Willamette Invitational on March 25.