UAA opens outdoor track season with strong showing

The NCAA indoor track and field season ends next weekend with national championships, but the outdoor season began this weekend for UAA, which got off to a great start.

Freshman sprinter Jamie Ashcroft set a conference record in the 100 meters and sophomore javelin thrower Franz Burghagen qualified automatically for the national championship to lead the Seawolves at the UNLV Track Classic in Las Vegas.

Ashcroft ran 11.84 in the 100 to set a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record. She posted a personal-best 24.27 in the 200 to qualify provisionally for the outdoor national meet in both events.

Provisional marks typically put an athlete in the national meet, because a full field of competitors seldom qualify with automatic marks, which are more difficult to obtain than the provisional ones.

Burghagen, who placed third at last year’s national championships, won the javelin at the UNLV meet with a throw of 216 feet, 190 inches that surpassed the automatic qualifying mark. Teammate Cody Parker, the defending NCAA javelin champion, placed second with a throw of 209-5, which is a provisional qualifying mark.

Other highlights for the Seawolves included Ethan Hewitt’s win in the open 400 in 48.28 and Bobo Camara’s provisional-qualifying time of 53.14 in the 400 hurdles. 


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