A number of UAA’s track and field team members traveled to San Diego to compete at the Triton Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Seawolves mainly competed in jumping and sprinting events at the two-day meet that featured over 1,500 athletes in all.
Starring for the Green and Gold was junior Jamie Ashcroft, who eclipsed her own UAA record in the 200-meter sprint by just .01 seconds, crossing the finish line with a time of 24.07 setting a new UAA record for the women’s 200-meter. Ashcroft’s pace currently ranks 12th in Division II so far this season, and is also the second-fastest time in Great Northwest Athletic Conference history.
Another Seawolf standout was Tamara Perez from Hendaye, France. The sophomore upgraded her provisional NCAA qualifying time in the 800-meters, by posting a time of 2:10.74. Her rate is the fastest at UAA this season, and is actually the fourth best time in school history. Perez’s time is good for 13th in the NCAA at this point in the season. Other notable performances include Hayley Bezanson, who finished the 400-meter race with a time of 57.92, and Alexia Blalock who finished in the top-10 in the triple jump, leaping 11.15 meters.
Tevin Gladden jumped six feet, nine inches, or 2.06 meters, nearly breaking the 10-year-old UAA record and placing fourth in the event that featured athletes from University of California Los Angeles and University of California San Diego. Now tied for 21st in the NCAA this season, Gladden’s mark is the second best in school history, and fourth all-time in the GNAC.
The men’s 4×400 teams shined once again this weekend. The “A” team finished in 2nd place in the event, posting a time of 3:20.9, while the “B” team was right behind them for third. Darrion Gray placed 14th out of 34 in the 100-meter dash, finishing with a time of 10.88 in an event dominated by athletes from Brazil.
There were multiple top-10 finishes in at the invitational in San Diego as well. Liam Lindsay ended the 400-meter in ninth place, while teammate Nicholas Taylor finished sixth in the same event, posting a time of 48.56 seconds. A particular distance runner saw success as well. Nathan Kipchumba placed fifth in the men’s 800-meter, finishing with a time of 1:50.68.
The Seawolves will have much needed weekend off next week. Following that, senior All-American Cody Thomas will highlight the GNAC Multi Championships on May 2-3.Tags: Alexia Blalock, Cody Thomas, Darrion Gray, GNAC, Hayley Bezanson, Jamie Ashcroft, Liam Lindsay, Nathan Kipchumba, Nicholas Taylor, Tamara Perez