SEATTLE, Wash. – It was a successful regular season finale for the Alaska Anchorage men’s and No. 11 women’s track and field teams at the Ken Shannon Invitational on Saturday at the Husky Track, highlighted by Oshane Hylton’s 200-meter school record.
Hylton led a bevy of career-best and GNAC Outdoor Championships qualifying times – in the final chance to qualify this season.
The sophomore from Orange Bay, Jamaica ran 200 meters in 21.42 seconds, eclipsing David Registe’s time of 21.44 set in 2011. Saturday’s mark is the second-fastest time in the GNAC this season, and ninth-quickest in league history.
Joining Hylton in the 200-meter dash with career-best times were seniors Darrion Gray and Liam Lindsay. Gray ran 21.52 to move up into No. 3 in the UAA record books, while Lindsay clocked 21.65 to move up to No. 4.
Hylton and Gray also recorded season-best times in the 100-meter dash to qualify for the GNAC Championships. Hylton crossed the line in 10.71 – tying him for second in UAA history – and Gray recorded a time of 10.89.
Lindsay won the 400-meter dash in a GNAC quality time of 48.55, besting 12 total finishers.
In the field events, Christopher Brake, Brandon Nicholson, and Grant George highlighted the meet.
Brake set two GNAC marks. He tied his career-best height in the high jump (6 feet, 6.75 inches), and leapt 46 feet, 11 inches in the triple jump. Both marks are second-best in the conference this season.
Nicholson cleared a collegiate-best of 6 feet, 2.75 inches in the high jump and covered 45 feet, 6.25 inches in the triple jump. The freshman from Wasilla previously qualified for the league championships with a school record of 47-5.25 on Mar. 30.
George posted season-best marks in the shot put (48-8.75) and discus (144-09).
On the women’s side, Marie Ries, Vanessa Aniteye and Ruth Cvancara all qualified for GNACs with impressive times.
Posting the fastest 100- and 200-meter times in the GNAC this season, Ries clocked career-bests of 12.18 and 24.62, respectively. She owns the fourth-swiftest marks in both events for the Green and Gold.
Aniteye ran a GNAC quality time in the 200 (25.36), while Cvancara did so in the 800 (2:13.08).
The Alaska Anchorage track and field teams swept the GNAC Outdoor Championships last season. The 2018 league championships are scheduled for May 11-12, in Monmouth, Ore.