NAMPA, Idaho – At the conclusion of Day 1 of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, the Alaska Anchorage men’s team leads the field, while the women’s team sits fourth among conference members Friday.
The UAA men’s team, led by a 5,000-meter podium sweep, has 53 points, while Northwest Nazarene has 35 points and Saint Martin's has 31. In the women’s competition, the No. 24-ranked Seawolves have 23 points, trailing Seattle Paficific (48), Central Washington (36) and Concordia (26).
Defending his title in the 5,000 meters was senior Dominik Notz, helping the Seawolves to a 1-2-3 sweep. Notz, from Dettingen, Germany, furnished a winning time of 15:00.80, defeating junior teammate Edwin Kangogo (15:01.46) and junior Justin Carrancho (15:02.13). The three each captured All-Conference honors and 24 points for UAA.
After finishing runner-up in the 5,000 meters last season, junior Caroline Kurgat raced to victory today, collecting the GNAC crown with a time of 17:44.68. The Eldoret, Kenya, local won the event by over eight seconds, outdistancing Western Oregon’s Kennedy Rufener (17:52.78).
In the last running events of the day, the Seawolves distance medley relays both finished runner up to Simon Fraser. The UAA men’s team was edged at the line by just .04 of a second to the Clan (10:15.57), finishing at 10:15.61. Meanwhile, the women’s team crossed at 12:11.46, behind SFU’s time of 12:05.77.
In the field events, the Seawolves received two all-conference honors from senior Tevin Gladden. Gladded placed runner-up in the long jump at 24-1.75 and third in the high jump at 6-9. Additionally, freshman David Sramek registered a school-record leap in the pole vault at 14-10, good for a tie for third.
On her way to defending her titles in the 60 meters and 200 meters is senior Jamie Ashcroft. A three-time champion in both events, Ashcroft posted the fasted prelims times of the day. The Shawnigan Lake B.C. local started the day with a GNAC-record performance in the 60 meters at 7.54, bypassing her own league record of 7.60. The time currently ranks her in the top-10 in Div. II this season.
Additionally, Ashcroft posted a season-best time in the 200 meters at 24.36, improving her provisional NCAA qualifying time and ranking her fifth in Div. II.
Other Seawolves that posted the fastest prelim times of the day were freshman Vanessa Aniteye (56.48) in the 400 meters, sophomore Danielle McCormick (2:10.77) in the 800 meters and senior Travis Turner (8.34) in the 60-meter hurdles. Aniteye’s time is a new UAA record, bypassing the previous time of 56.79 from last season. Altogether, the Seawolves qualified 19 individual for the finals tomorrow.
Competing in the men’s heptathlon were Turner and Sramek. After four events, Turner is second in the multi event with 2,781 points, while Sramek is third at 2,672. Leading the conference field is Central Washington’s Kodiak Landis with 2,893 points.
Action returns to the Ford Idaho Center at 8:30 a.m. AST tomorrow.