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UAA multi-event athletes flourish in outdoor opener

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: March 18
  • Published March 18

Karolin Anders, UAA's eight-time All-American in track and field, will get a shot at a ninth such honor after her heptathlon performance at the Sacramento State Hornet Invitational, the Seawolves' first outdoor meet this season.

Anders, a senior, won the heptathlon with 5,180 points, exactly the minimum point total to automatically qualify for the NCAA Division II nationals. Seven of her eight All-America performances have come in the heptathlon and pentathlon, and the other in the open high jump.

Anders' performance came on a day when three Seawolves multi-events dominated.

UAA senior Travis Turner won the decathlon with 6,761 points, which was not only an improvement on his personal best by a whopping 399 points but also is easily a provisional qualifier for nationals.

Seawolves freshman David Sramek delivered a provisional qualifier in the debut in green and gold, finishing runner-up to Turner with 6,381 points.

The seven events Anders competed in during the heptathlon Friday and Saturday apparently weren't enough. Saturday, she also finished 15th among 59 athletes in the open shot put by heaving the ball 40 feet, 5 inches. Anders also clocked 13.01 seconds in the open 100 meters to finish 45th in a field of 65.

The Seawolves gained another provisional qualifier to nationals when senior Tevin Gladden leaped 6-8.75 to finish second in the men's high jump.

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