Senior Justin Tyner (Baxter, Minn.) secured a berth to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 3000-meter race, after clocking the second-fastest time in Academy history at the Flotrack Husky Classic on Saturday, Feb. 12.
Tyner recorded a career-best time, NCAA Auto time of 7:53.91. In addition to securing a spot at the NCAA Championships in mid-March, the senior team captain finished 11th overall in a race that featured 122 runners. A 2010 All-American at 5000 meters, Tyner was one of 14 runners to better the NCAA's Auto mark at the Husky Classic.
Subtracting 16 seconds off of his previous career-best time, Tyner moved from ninth to second on the program's all-time list. He is just the second Falcon to ever break the eight-minute mark at the 3000-meter distance, joining Academy record holder Eric Mack (7:52.49, converted for altitude).
Air Force returns to action on Friday, Feb. 18, when they travel to Laramie, Wyo., for the annual Robert Shine Invitational. The meet will serve as the final tune-up before the 2011 Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will take place in Albuquerque, N.M., on Feb. 24-26.