SEATTLE, Wash. / BOSTON, Mass. – Alaska Anchorage senior Tamara Perez improved upon her NCAA provisional qualifying time in the mile at the Seattle Pacific Univ. Last Chance Meet on Saturday, while the men’s 4x400-meter relay improved its provisional standing at the Boston Univ. Last Chance Meet on Sunday. The meets were the final opportunities for athletes to improve their chances of qualifying for the NCAA Div. II Indoor Championships.
SPU Last Chance Meet (Feb. 24)
Tamara Perez ran 4 minutes, 55.96 seconds in the mile for her second and fastest provisional time of the season at the Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle. She eclipsed the provisional mark of 4:59.70, finishing second to Washington’s Erica Schroeder (4:55.14).
Freshman Ruth Cvancara claimed her second provisional time with a second-place finish in the 800 meters. Cvancara (Anchorage, Dimond HS) clocked 2:12.58, just off her time of 2:11.34 set at last week’s GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Cvancara is a member of UAA’s top-rated 800-meter squad, which owns the highest average for its top four athletes in the event.
Sophomore sprinter Marie Ries also competed in the 60-meter and 200-meter dash for No. 11-nationally ranked Seawolves. Ries ran 8.08 (60m) and 26.62 (200m) on Saturday.
On the men’s side, freshman Felix Kemboi won the 3000 meters in 8:25.23. He ran his fastest time of the season in the event, but was just off the NCAA provisional standard (8:24.32). Kemboi is the seventh fastest indoor athlete in the event in program history.
Freshman Brandon Nicholson (Wasilla, Colony HS) and sophomore Christopher Brake leapt in the triple jump. Nicholson covered 46 feet, 2.5 inches, while Brake landed 45 feet, 7.25 inches from the line. Last week, Brake was named the GNAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet and set a program-best and provisional jump of 47 feet, 7.25 inches.
Sophomore Oshane Hylton finished second out of 11 finishers in the 60-meter dash with a time 7.06.
BU Last Chance Meet (Feb. 25)
The men’s 4x400-meter squad greatly improved their chances of qualifying for nationals at the BU Last Chance Meet at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center on Sunday. Nicholas Taylor, Darrion Gray, Daniel Remington and Liam Lindsay clocked 3:13.02, improving on the season’s previous best of 3:14.20, set on Feb. 10. The squad again surpassed the provisional standard (3:17.19) and were just off the automatic mark (3:12.36). UAA’s time moves them into a tie for 10th and ranks second in GNAC indoor and school history.
Senior Darrion Gray (Anchorage, Dimond HS) also competed in the 200. He finished third for Div. II runners with a provisional time of 21.73. Gray owns UAA’s quickest 200-meter time (21.60), which he set at the GNAC Indoor Championships.
Alaska Anchorage will send its women’s distance medley squad, junior Danielle Mccormick (Soldotna, Soldotna HS), and Tamara Perez to nationals, scheduled for Mar. 9-10 in Pittsburg, Kan. Perez and McCormick will both compete in the 800 and on the second-ranked DMR team. The remaining Seawolves that will advance with provisional marks will be revealed on Tuesday, Feb. 27.