SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Sophomore Danielle McCormick’s 800-meter performance highlighted the Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s track & field teams’ Day 2 of the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Saturday.
A local of Soldotna, McCormick broke the Seawolf record in the 800 meters with a winning time of 2:07.75. McCormick bypassed the old record of 2:09.34, set by another Soldotna local, Ivy O’Guinn in May of 2013. The time – which is a meet record – qualifies McCormick provisionally for the NCAAs and is just .25 of a second off the automatic time.
Additionally, McCormick’s time ranks third this season in Div. II and eighth all-time on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record book.
Meanwhile, the men’s team received two first-place results in the 4x100-meter relay and in the 110-meter hurdles. The men’s relay posted a meet record and season-best time of 42.34 and was made up of sophomore Eric Jones, freshman David Sramek, junior Liam Lindsay and junior Darrion Gray. Winning the hurdles event was senior Travis Turner. Turner won the prelims at 15.07, before taking the finals with a time of 14.80.
Other top-5 results came from the women’s 4x100-meter relay (3rd, 47.79), freshman Vanessa Aniteye in the 400 meters (4th, 56.06), sophomore Nicholas Taylor in the 400 meters (2nd, 48.19), Gray in the 100 meters (5th, 10.95), sophomore Yvonne Jeschke in the 400-meter hurdles (2nd, 1:03.13), freshman Elena Cano in the 400-meter hurdles (3rd, 1:03.77) and junior Grant George in the shot put (2nd, 49-9.25).
The Seawolves will be off next weekend before competing at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays on April 13-14, Bryan Clay Invite on April 14 and the Beach Invitational on April 15.