EAGLE ROCK, Calif. / SEATTLE, Wash. – Two members of the Alaska Anchorage track & field teams furnished provisionally NCAA qualifying (PNQ) times at the Occidental Invitational, as other Seawolves competed at the Ken Shannon Invitational to wrap up the regular season on Saturday.
Highlighting the day was senior Dominik Notz, who ran a career-best time in the 5,000 meters – third fastest in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record book – at 14 minutes, .86 of a second. The PNQ time placed Notz (Dettingen, Germany) third in his heat and ranks sixth in Div. II this season. Notz needs to hit 13:57.77 for automatic qualification to the NCAAs in late May.
Prior to Notz's race, junior Edwin Kangogo, from Eloret, Kenya, registered the seventh-fastest time in Div. II, in a highly-competitive Div. I field. Kangogo, who finished eighth in the race, cross the finish line at 8:56.57, by passing the provisional NCAA qualifying time of 9:17.00, and just five seconds over the auto time of 8:52.70.
Kangogo wasn't the only Seawolf in the race as freshman Kaleb Korta finished 23rd at 9:20.22, while freshman Christoph Sander crossed at 9:26.79. Winning the race was British Columbia's John Gay at 8:43.20.
Picking up a victory at Occidental was the men's 4x400-meter relay. The foursome of sophomore Nicholas Taylor, junior Liam Lindsay, junior Darrion Gray and senior Adam Commandeur posted a winning time of 3:12.50. The relay is already provisionally qualified for the NCAAs with a time of 3:12.29 and currently holds a No. 12 ranking.
Up north at the University of Washington, senior Tevin Gladden tied his season-best and provisional NCAA mark of 6-8.75 in the high jump, tying for third. Meanwhile, sophomore Daniel Remington posted a season-best time in the 400 meters, clocking in at 50.04.
Competing in her first 1500 meters of the season was junior Tamara Perez. Perez tallied a time of 4:37.58.
Qualified Seawolves will head to Monmouth, Ore., May 12-13 for the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships.