SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A total of five Alaska Anchorage track and field athletes posted GNAC Championships qualifying marks on Saturday at the Sacramento State Invitational to begin the outdoor season slate.

Oshane Hylton, Felix Kemboi and Chris Brake earned marks for the men’s squad, while Marie Ries and Vanessa Aniteye accomplished the feat on the women’s side at Hornet Stadium.

Hylton competed in his first 100-meter dash for UAA. The sophomore from Orange Bay, Jamaica clocked 10.81 seconds to finish seventh out of 73 competitors, ranging from Div. I to junior college. He moved into a tie for fifth in outdoor men’s program history.  

Kemboi, qualified in the 1500 meters with a time of 3 minutes, 54.22 seconds, to earn 11th out of 88 finishers. The freshman – who won the 5000 meters at the GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Feb. – ran the 1500 for the first time of his collegiate career.

Brake continued his stellar 2018 with a GNAC quality jump of 6 feet, 6.75 inches (2.00 meters), placing second out of the 39 athletes. He was named the GNAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet at the same GNAC competition.

Alaska freshmen Brandon Nicholson and Joshua Jackman competed in the long jump. Nicholson (Wasilla, Colony HS) set a new collegiate personal best by leaping 21-07.50 and moved into ninth in the Seawolf record book, while Jackman (Kenai, Kenai Central HS) covered 19-07.50.

In the women’s competition, Marie Ries set a GNAC standard time of 12.42 in the 100-meter dash. She finished 18th against 71 total competitors.

Vanessa Aniteye ran a strong 400-meter time of 57.38, placing seventh out of 55 finishers. Aniteye – who competed last weekend on the ninth-place distance medley relay squad at nationals – also clocked 12.84 in the 100 meters.  

Rounding out the meet for the Green and Gold were Yvonne Jeschke and Elena Cano. Jeschke tallied 4,085 points in the heptathlon (12 out of 20), while Cano earned 3,879 points for 14th. Jeschke established new career bests in the 800 (2:20.15, 821 pts) and high jump (5-03.25, 747 pts).

The Seawolves will travel next to Salem, Ore. for the Willamette Invitational, Mar. 24.