SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams began their season in strong fashion at the Washington Indoor Preview at the Dempsey Indoor Center, Saturday. Danielle McCormick of Soldotna was the fastest collegiate 800-meter runner and the Seawolves featured four performances that were tops among Division II competitors at the meet -- Tamara Perez (one mile), the men’s 4x400-meter relay, and Christopher Brake (high jump, triple jump).
McCormick - UAA’s indoor and outdoor female record holder at 800 meters - registered a time of 2 minutes, 11.17 seconds. The Soldotna junior finished first among all collegiate competitors and third among professional runners.
Tamara Perez finished the meet as the fastest DII runner in the one mile, clocking 5:08.83. Following closely behind in second was fellow senior Mariah Burroughs in 5:09.36.
Junior Yvonne Jeschke established a school record in the 600 meters (1:38.80), a non-championship event.
McCormick, Perez and Jeschke teamed up with sophomore Vanessa Aniteye on the women’s 4x400-meter relay team, finishing first among Div. II programs in 3:58.61.
Sophomore Marie Ries performed well in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash. She tied her collegiate best of 7.94 at 60 meters (3rd for DII) and covered 200 meters in 26.30 (5th for DII).
On the men’s side, the 4x400-meter squad of Daniel Remington, Darrion Gray, Nicholas Taylor, and Liam Lindsay bested all other DII teams, clocking 3:22.58 for fourth overall.
Sophomore Christopher Brake leaped higher and further than any DII athletes in two events. Brake recorded a high jump of 6-08.75 -- moving into third all-time in school history -- and followed with a triple jump of 45-05.25.
Senior Liam Lindsay was the second swiftest DII runner for 400 meters, crossing the line at 49.51.
Sophomore transfer Oshane Hylton and senior Darrion Gray tied as the 3rd-fastest DII sprinter in the short, but exciting 60-meter dash (7.04). Gray also finished as DII runner-up in the 200 meters (22.31).
Freshman Felix Kemboi debuted in the 3,000 meters and became the 10th fastest Seawolf in the event (8:33.11, 5th DII).
The Seawolves will return to Seattle, Wash. for the Husky Invitational on January 26-27.