LA JOLLA, Calif. – Alaska Anchorage junior Danielle McCormick established a new UAA 800-meter record, Saturday at the Triton Invitational at the Triton Track & Field Stadium.
McCormick, the 2018 NCAA Div. II indoor 800-meter champion from Soldotna, clocked an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2 minutes, 6.17 seconds. She bested a total of 68 DI and DII competitors, earning the third quickest time in Div. II this season. The time is also sixth fastest in GNAC history.
The former Soldotna Star bettered her own outdoor record of 2:07.60, which was recorded last season at the same meet. McCormick also set the indoor 800-meter program record this season at 2:07.13, Feb. 11.
Junior Yemi Knight and senior Tamara Perez set impressive NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 800 meters on Saturday. Knight finished third in 2:08.38, becoming second fastest runner in program history. Perez crossed the line in fourth in 2:09.75, which stands as the fourth-best time in school history.
Freshman Ruth Cvancara ran 2:14.45, earning 16th place for the No. 5 nationally ranked women’s squad.
Sophomore Vanessa Aniteye secured an NCAA provisional mark of 55.26 in the 400-meter dash, placing third out of 36 finishers.
On the men’s side, senior Liam Lindsay, senior Nicholas Taylor, and freshman Oshane Hylton competed in the 400 meters. Lindsay led the way with a seventh-place performance, earning a GNAC Championships qualifying time of 48.61. Taylor ran 49.27 and Hylton clocked 51.97.
The Alaska Anchorage track and field programs will compete three days next week, beginning with the Mt. SAC Relays and Bryan Clay Invite on Thursday, Apr. 19.
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