NAMPA, Idaho – For the third straight season, the Alaska Anchorage men’s indoor track & field team is the Great Northwest Athletic Conference team Champion, after a dominating effort Saturday at the Ford Idaho Center. Additionally, the UAA women’s team picked up its fifth consecutive top-3 GNAC result, finishing third.
The UAA men’s team produced a commanding win over Western Oregon, 154-82, while Northwest Nazarene finished third with 78 points. The Seawolves have now won three straight since 2015, while finishing runner-up in 2014 and 2013, when UAA added the indoor season. In the women’s competition, the Seawolves, ranked No. 24 nationally, finished third with 113 points. Seattle Pacific took home the title with 124 points, while Simon Fraser placed second with 120.5.
Combined, the Seawolves collected 23 individual all-conference honors – top three finishers receive the honor – along with two relay victories over the two days. The men’s team furnished three titles, while the women’s team produced five.
Earning an individual crown for the men’s team was senior multi-athlete Travis Turner. Turner, from Stockton, Calif., won the open 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.32. Meanwhile, Turner finished runner-up in the heptathlon, where he posted a career-best 5,211 points – good for sixth-best in Div. II currently. His teammate, freshman David Sramek placed third at 4,934.
After winning the 5,000 meters on Friday, senior Dominik Notz added two more all-conference titles today. The Dettingen, Germany, native finished runner-up in the 3,000 meters at 8:32.20 and finished third in the one mile at 4:14.38. Junior Edwin Kangogo, who placed second in the 5K, also finished third in the 3K at 8:36.37.
Sweeping the 4x400-meter relays was the Seawolves for all-conference honors. The men’s team defended its title in the event with a time of 3:14.10, while the women’s team edged Simon Fraser (3:47.00) at the line for its first ever indoor title in the relay. The women’s team crossed at 3:46.99, just .01 ahead of SFU.
The Lady Seawolves were led by the Women’s Athlete of the Meet, senior Jamie Ashcroft. The Shawnigan Lake B.C., native posted two GNAC records throughout the two days of races, while defending her titles. Ashcroft became a four-time GNAC winner in the 60 meters (7.55) and 200 meters. A day after breaking her own conference record in the 60 meters prelims (7.54), Ashcroft broke her own league record in the 200 meters with a time of 24.09 – good for third in Div. II this season. Her previous 200-meter record was 24.25, set in 2015.
Collecting two GNAC titles and three all-conference honors was junior Caroline Kurgat. The 5,000-meter winner from Friday at 17:44.68, Kurgat went on to win the one mile race at 4:53.07. Her time breaks the UAA record of 4:58.17 from 2013 and provisionally qualifies her for the NCAAs. Additionally, Kurgat finished third in the 3,000 meters at 10:05.04.
The women’s team also received all-conference recognition in the 400 meters and 800 meters. Posting a UAA record in the 400 meters was freshman Vanessa Aniteye with a second-place time of 55.89 – good for top-15 in Div. II currently. Placing third in the event was senior Mary-Kathleen Cross with an indoor career-best time of 56.06. Meanwhile in the 800 meters, sophomore Danielle McCormick was runner-up at 2:13.30, while junior Tamara Perez took third at 2:13.87.
Other Seawolves to gather all-conference honors were; junior Darrion Gray (60m, 6.98), senior Adam Commandeur (400m, 48.55) and senior Tevin Gladden (triple jump, 46-5.25). Commandeur’s prelim time of 48.31 from Friday tied the school record, while Gladden’s jump is a career high. Gladden also furnished all-conference honors Friday in the long jump and high jump, giving UAA 20 points.
Qualified Seawolves will head to the NCAA Championships, March 10-11 in Birmingham, Ala., while the rest of the teams will switch gear for the outdoor season.