SEATTLE, Wash. – The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s track and field programs had a banner weekend at the Dempsey Indoor Facility, led by Danielle McCormick’s 800-meter school record and strong relay performances.
The Seawolves competed in the Husky Classic on Friday and Saturday. The women’s distance medley relay squad consisting of McCormick, Vanessa Aniteye, Yemi Knight, and Tamara Perez clocked an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 11 minutes, 32.96 seconds. The time is the second best in the nation and second best in program history. Only Div. I Washington State ran a faster time (11:29.22) in the 13-team field.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay of Nicholas Taylor, Darrion Gray, Daniel Remington, and Liam Lindsay posted an NCAA provisional time of 3:14.20. The squad finished second out of eight schools.
On Sunday, UAA returned to the Dempsey Indoor Facility for the UW Open. McCormick, a junior of Soldotna fame, highlighted the meet with a winning time and program-best 2:07.13 at 800 meters. She improved on her own indoor record (2:10.68) and also owns the outdoor record (2:07.60). The time of 2:07.13 is an automatic qualifier, ranks third best in the country and third best in GNAC history.
Two other Seawolves posted provisional marks on Sunday. Tamara Perez ran a 4:57.83 in the mile (4:59.70 provisional standard), while Mariah Burroughs clocked a personal best of 9:58.44 for 3000 meters (9:59.49 provisional standard).
Other top performers for the women’s squad were Emmah Chelimo (9:59.56, 3000m), Yemi Knight (2:15.43, 800m), Vanessa Aniteye (57.05, 400m), and Marie Ries (8.02, 60m; 26.04, 200m).
On the men’s side, Felix Kemboi performed well at 3000 meters, finishing in 8:26.05 and narrowly missing the provisional standard of 8:24.32.
Darrion Gray was third out of 56 finishers in the 200-meter dash (22.15). He also clocked 7.14 at 60 meters.
Other men’s standouts included Oshane Hylton (7.09, 60m; 22.73, 200m), Joshua Jackman (7.16, 60m; 22.39, 200m), Liam Lindsay (22.56, 200m; 49.20, 400m), and Nicholas Taylor (23.01, 200m, 49.30, 400m). Lindsay crossed the line in fourth place in the 400, while Taylor was sixth.
UAA will travel to Nampa, Idaho for the GNAC Indoor Championships, Feb. 16-17. Both the men’s and women’s teams have won three conference titles in five seasons since sponsoring indoor track and field.