PORTLAND, Ore. – Alaska Anchorage junior Danielle McCormick was tabbed the Women’s Track Athlete of the Week by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Monday, following record-breaking performances over the weekend.
McCormick, from Soldotna and former SoHi Star, shattered her own 800-meter school record on Sunday at the UW Open in Seattle with a time of 2:07.13. The time is the third best in the nation and third highest mark in GNAC history.
The time easily eclipsed the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 2:08.91. Her old record was 2:10.68 set last season. She also owns UAA’s outdoor 800-meter record at 2:07.60.
On Friday, McCormick helped the distance medley relay squad post an automatic time of 11:32.96 at the Husky Classic. The time stands as the second fastest in the nation and second quickest in program history. Only Div. I Washington State bettered the time at the meet (11:29.22) in the 13-team field.
The DMR team of McCormick (1200m), Vanessa Aniteye (400m), Yemi Knight (800m), and Tamara Perez (1600m) posted the sixth fastest mark in GNAC history and surpassed the 11:35.43 automatic standard.
McCormick joins sophomore Christopher Brake as earning league honors this season. Brake was named the Men’s Field Athlete of the Week (Jan. 8-14) following a provisional qualifying high jump of 6 feet, 8.75 inches at the season-opening UW Preview.
UAA will compete this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17 in Nampa, Idaho at the GNAC Indoor Championships.