SEATTLE, Wash. – The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams concluded a solid day at the Husky Classic, with two first-place finishes, one automatic NCAA qualifying time and three new provisional NCAA qualifying times on Friday evening.
The Seawolves, competing against a highly-competitive Div. I field, also registered four top-15 times in Div. II this season and broke one school record.
Picking up UAA’s first automatic time this season was senior Dominik Notz. Notz finished 16th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14 minutes, 3.95 seconds – good for fourth in Div. II this season. Also competing in the 5K were Edwin Kangogo (14:43.78) and Michel Ramirez (15:24.97).
Setting a new school record in the men’s distance medley relay were Michael Mendenhall, Adam Commandeur, Joe Day and Justin Carrancho. The foursome registered a season-best, provisional time of 9:55.86, bypassing the school record by .01 and taking second in the event. The previous record (9:55.87) was set in January of 2013, with Day as a member. They now rank No. 11 in Div. II.
Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, the Seawolves received a first-place finish in the DMR. Making up the pack was Tamara Perez, Mary-Kathleen Cross, Danielle McCormick and Caroline Kurgat. UAA crossed the finish line at 11:39.24 and are now ranked second in Div. II. They defeated Colorado State (11:42.82).
Additionally, the Seawolves received a first-place finish from senior Jamie Ashcroft in the 200 meters. Ashcroft posted a season-best and winning-time of 24.54 seconds, edging Oregon State’s Venessa D’Arpiho (24.67). Ashcroft’s provisional time moves her into the top-10 in Div. II.
The Seawolves return to the Husky Classic Saturday with the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relay and senior Tevin Gladdin competing in the high jump.