GROSSETO, Italy – Alaska Anchorage sophomore-to-be Vanessa Aniteye continued her impressive summer on the European circuit this weekend, helping Germany to a silver medal in the 4x400-meter relay at the 2017 European Under-20 Track & Field Championships.
The reigning Great Northwest Athletic Conference outdoor freshman of the year, Aniteye raced the lead-off leg in both the semifinals and finals, starting with a lap of 55.1 seconds in Saturday’s qualifying round to help Germany win its heat in 3:38.56.
In Sunday’s finals, the Hamburg native blazed to a time of 54.2 seconds to stake the Germans to second place and 1.2-second lead over eventual bronze medalists Great Britain, who they edged 3:33.08 to 3:33.68. Ukraine won the gold in 3:32.82.
On June 18, Aniteye ran a personal-best 53.69 seconds in the regular 400 meters at the German Under-23 Track & Field Championships in Leverkusen, Germany.