BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alaska Anchorage’s Day 1 of the 2017 NCAA Div. II Indoor Track & Field Championships was highlighted by senior Dominik Notz’s All-America performance in the 5,000 meters at the end of Thursday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The Seawolves, competing in their fifth straight indoor championships, had six athletes in action on the first day of events.
Performing in his second straight indoor championship and third track & field championship overall, Notz finished fifth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14 minutes, 12.99 seconds. The Dettingen, Germany, native finished fourth in the same event a year ago, while taking fourth in the 3,000 meters – an event he’ll race on Saturday evening as the No. 15 seed. Notz, who was a two-time All-American in cross country, now has six career All-America honors.
Starting off the day in the heptathlon competition was senior Travis Turner. Turner, from Stockton, Calif., registered two career bests in the first four events. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion in the heptathlon, Turner went 6-2.75 in the high jump and 37-9.25 in the shot put. Additionally, Turner posted a time of 7.29 in the 60 meters and went 20-9 in the long jump. He currently sits 12th with 2,730 points.
The GNAC-record holder in the 60 meters, senior Jamie Ashcroft (Shawnigan Lake, B.C.) finished 15th in the event with a time of 7.64, missing finals on Saturday. Ashcroft, who qualified for her third indoor championships, will also compete in the 200-meter prelims on Friday and as a member of the 4x400-meter relay on Saturday.
Making his NCAA debut was senior Tevin Gladden in the men’s long jump. The Fairbanks local furnished a leap of 23-0, taking 14th in the event. Gladden earned all-conference honors in the event at the GNAC Championships two weekend ago.
Also making her NCAA debut was sophomore Danielle McCormick. A member of the women’s distance medley relay that will compete on Friday, McCormick (Soldotna HS) finished 15th in the 800-meter prelims with a time of 2:13.04. McCormick holds the UAA record in the events at 2:10.68.
Another member of Friday’s distance medley relay, junior Tamara Perez competed in her first open event at the NCAA championship, making an appearance in the one mile. Perez finished 18th with a time of 5:07.70. Perez, from Hendaye, France, competed with the DMR squad that finished fourth for All-America honors last season.
UAA’s events tomorrow will kick off with the last three events of the heptathlon – starting at 8:20 a.m. AST – before Ashcroft competes in the 200-meter prelims at 2 p.m. AST. The DMR will be contested at 2:55 p.m. AST.