TORRANCE, Calif. – The nationally ranked Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s track & field teams started the busy weekend in California with senior Dominik Notz’s qualifying run at the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday evening. Additionally, the Seawolves’ distance crew competed at the annual Bryan Clay Invitational.
A local of Dettingen, Germany, Notz finished ninth in the elite division of the 10,000 meters against a very competitive Div. I field. Notz crossed with a career-best time of 29 minutes, 12.23 seconds, qualifying automatically for the NCAA Championships in late May. Notz was the first Div. II athlete across the line and his time currently ranks fifth in the nation.
Also running in the elite division - second heat - was junior Edwin Kangogo. A local of Eldoret, Kenya, Kangogo finished at 30:06.20, qualifying provisionally for the national meet.
Meanwhile at the Bryan Clay Invite in Azusa, Calif., the Seawolves received two season-best times from a pair of Alaskan freshmen. Freshman Kaleb Korta, from Galena, posted a time of 9:22.81 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while freshman Jordyn Block of Palmer went 11:10.52 in the women’s steeplechase race.
The Seawolves – ranked No. 11 on the women’s side and No. 24 on the men’s – continue action tomorrow and Saturday with the second day of the Bryan Clay Invite and the Beach Invitational.