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Aniteye Shines In Relay At European U20 Championships
Shown here at the GNAC Outdoor Championships, Vanessa Aniteye ran 54.2 seconds in her leadoff leg in the finals at the European U20 Championships. Photo by Chris Oertell.
Shown here at the GNAC Outdoor Championships, Vanessa Aniteye ran 54.2 seconds in her leadoff leg in the finals at the European U20 Championships. Photo by Chris Oertell.

Monday, July 24, 2017
by Alaska Anchorage Athletic Communications

GROSSETO, Italy – Alaska Anchorage track and field sophomore-to-be Vanessa Aniteye continued her impressive summer on the European circuit this weekend, helping Germany to a silver medal in the 4x400-meter relay at the 2017 European Under-20 Track & Field Championships.

The reigning Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year, Aniteye raced the lead-off leg in both the semifinals and finals, starting with a lap of 55.1 seconds in Saturday’s (July 22)  qualifying round to help Germany win its heat in 3:38.56.

In Sunday’s finals (July 23), the Hamburg native blazed to a time of 54.2 seconds to stake the Germans to second place and 1.2-second lead over eventual bronze medalists Great Britain, who they edged 3:33.08 to 3:33.68. Ukraine won the gold in 3:32.82, the best time in the world this season at the under-20 level.

On June 18, Aniteye ran a personal-best 53.69 seconds in the open 400 meters at the German Under-23 Track & Field Championships in Leverkusen, Germany.

The summer season has been an extension of a great first-year campaign for Aniteye. She earned the GNAC Freshman of the Year honors after winning the 400 meters at the GNAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 54.88 seconds. Aniteye also ran the anchor leg on both the Seawolves' winning 4x100-meter relay team and conference runner-up 4x400-meter relay team.

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