Robert Drye had a stellar weekend at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the May 13-14 weekend, becoming the program's first conference champion in the hammer throw, while tossing an Academy-record distance of 209'11". In addition, the junior recorded career-best marks in his other two events (shot put, discus throw) to earn points for the Falcons.
Posting a throw of 209'11" on his final attempt, Drye improved his overall distance in the hammer throw by seven feet to win the 13-competitor event by the same margin. With that toss, Drye shattered Vern Conaway's previous Academy standard of 203'10" that had stood since 1992. He also became the Academy's first hammer throw champion in any conference (Western Athletic Conference or Mountain West Conference) and moved into 19th in the national rankings.
In addition to his Academy record-setting, title-winning performance in the hammer throw, the native of Las Vegas, Nev., also set career-best marks in the shot put and discus throw with scoring finishes. Drye led four Falcons to scoring finishes in the shot put, after placing fifth with a distance of 53'10¼", while finishing sixth in the discus throw behind a throw of 165'6" - a personal-improvement of over five feet.
Drye and select Air Force teammates will open NCAA action on May 26-28, with the preliminary round of competition in Eugene, Ore.