NAMPA, Idaho – Alaska Anchorage’s Christopher Brake, Liam Lindsay, Tamara Perez, Danielle McCormick and the men’s 4x400-meter relay earned victories, while also setting a pair of school records at the GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Ford Idaho Center on Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.

The UAA men – the three-time defending champion – finished second with 108 points, just behind champion Concordia-Portland’s 114 points. The No. 21-ranked women’s team finished fourth (83 pts) after Concordia-Portland (3rd, 93 pts) and co-champions Central Washington and Seattle Pacific, who both tallied 136 points. In total, the men earned 13 all-conference honors – placing in the top three individually and as relay members – while the women earned 12.

“I don’t know if we could have had a more complete meet,” said head coach Michael Friess. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a better conference meet based on the fact that we only had around 15 athletes on each team compete. I could not be happier with how our teams performed today.”

Sophomore Christopher Brake was named the GNAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet after winning the triple jump, finishing second in the high jump, and placing third in Friday’s long jump. Brake leapt a program-best and an NCAA provisional mark of 47 feet, 7.25 inches in the triple jump – which also ties him for sixth in GNAC indoor history. He also cleared a height of 6 feet, 7 inches in the high jump Saturday.

“I’m very happy and proud of Chris Brake,” Friess said. “There are some really good field athletes in the GNAC, so for him to win the honor is big.”

Senior Liam Lindsay established a provisional standard with a victorious time of 48.50 in the 400 meters and followed with a fourth-place result (22.12) in the 200. He then anchored the winning 4x400-meter relay – which also included Nicholas Taylor, Darrion Gray, and Daniel Remington – to a time of 3:16.44.

Gray had another impressive day in Idaho. The senior finished runner-up Saturday in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes in school-record fashion. Gray tied the 60-meter record (6.92) he set Friday and clocked 21.60 in the 200, bettering his 21.62 from Friday’s prelims. His new mark of 21.60 is tied for second in league history and improves his provisional standing.

Brandon Nicholson and Felix Kemboi also tallied eight points with runner-up performances. Nicholson covered 46 feet, 6 inches in the triple jump for a Seawolf 1-2 finish. Kemboi clocked 8:33.92 in the 3000 meters, one day after winning the 5,000 meters.

UAA’s other scorers included sprinters Oshane Hylton, Joshua Jackman, Daniel Remington and middle-distance runner Eduardo Orozco. Hylton finished fifth in the 60 (6.98) and sixth in the 200 (22.17), while Jackman scored a point in the 60-meter dash. Remington captured sixth in the 400 (49.13) and Orozco was seventh at 800 meters (1:56.93).

For the women’s team, junior Danielle McCormick ran to victory in the 800 (2:09.19), while senior Tamara Perez secured victory in the mile (5:00.52).

The 800 was dominated by Seawolves and saw huge improvements by Ruth Cvancara (Dimond HS). Cvancara posted an NCAA provisional time of 2:11.34 (third), edging teammate Yemi Knight (2:11.49). Perez finished in seventh (2:15.43) after her win in the mile. McCormick and Perez own automatic berths to nationals, while Cvancara and Knight share provisional marks. 

“Seeing Ruth run a 2:11 today was incredible,” Friess said. “Having earned a nearly nine-second PR is unheard-of.”

Vanessa Aniteye finished second and set her own provisional standard in the 400-meter dash (56.03). She followed with a point in the 200 (25.91).

The 4x400-meter relay (Aniteye, Cvancara, Perez, McCormick) captured third place with a time of 3:51.46.

UAA was well represented in the 3000 meters. Zennah Jepchumba (fifth, 10:04.57), Emmah Chelimo (sixth, 10:08.10), and Kimberly Coscia (eighth, 10:21.44) tallied points. Also contributing to the Seawolves’ score were Mariah Burroughs (mile, seventh, 5:09.07) and Marie Ries (60m, eighth, 7.97).

“We demonstrated a ton of potential today and we as coaches look forward to continue developing our athletes,” Friess said.

The Seawolves will compete at the SPU Last Chance Meet on Feb. 24 and the BU Last Chance Meet on Feb. 25. This will be a final opportunities to develop and improve times ahead of the NCAA Div. II Indoor Championships, scheduled for Mar. 9-10 in Pittsburg, Kan.

GNAC Individual Champions
Christopher Brake (TJ)
Darrion Gray (4x400m)
Felix Kemboi (5000m)
Liam Lindsay (400m, 4x400m)
Daniel Remington (4x400)
Nicholas Taylor (4x400)
Danielle McCormick (800m)
Tamara Perez (mile)

GNAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet
Christopher Brake (HJ, LJ, TJ)

GNAC All-Conference
Christopher Brake (HJ, LJ, TJ)
Darrion Gray (60m, 200m, 4x400m)
Felix Kemboi (3000m, 5000m)
Liam Lindsay (400m, 4x400m)
Brandon Nicholson (TJ)
Daniel Remington (4x400)
Nicholas Taylor (4x400)
Vanessa Aniteye (400m, 4x400m)
Mariah Burroughs (DMR)
Ruth Cvancara (800m, 4x400m)
Yemi Knight (DMR)
Danielle McCormick (800m, 4x400m, DMR)
Tamara Perez (mile, 4x400m, DMR)