Jan. 11, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force track and field team collected six first-place finishes as it returned to action on Saturday, Jan. 11, hosting the annual All-Comers Meet. Highlighted by the third-best high jump clearance in Academy history, the Falcons swept the men's and women's titles in that event, as well as the mile.
Junior Kobi Rex cleared 7'0½" to win the high jump and improve his third-place standing on the program's all-time top-10 list. A personal improvement of a quarter-inch, Rex paced the Falcons to two of the top-three finishes in that event. Freshman Taylor Smith finished third with a career-best clearance of 6'9¾" - a mark a mere quarter-inch out of the top 10. Smith's older brother Travis, a 2013 Academy graduate, finished in a tie for fourth with a mark of 6'6¾".
Air Force swept the high jump, as senior Rachel Herald took the top spot in the women's event with a mark of 5'7".
The Falcons also swept the mile, with freshman Matt Dorsey and senior Annette Eichenberger won their respective races. With a time of 4:22.32, Dorsey paced Air Force to the top three spots in the men's event, as junior Elliot Myers and senior Isaiah Bragg finished second (4:26.13) and third (4:26.56), respectively. Eichenberger crossed the finish line in a time of 5:15.64 to win the women's event, while sophomore Hannah Everson placed second in 5:19.74.
Senior Paige Shirley was the top collegiate finisher in the pole vault, placing fourth overall behind three Olympians, including 2012 champion Jenn Suhr, who recorded a new Cadet Field House record of 14'11". Among collegiate vaulters, Air Force claimed three of the top four, with freshmen Zoe Casteel and Montana Pellegrini finishing third (10'11¾") and fourth (10'0").
Sophomore Daniel Shellhouse was the first to cross the finish line of the 3000-meter run, while senior Matthieu Caldwell was the top collegiate runner at 800 meters, finishing second overall in a time of 1:54.78.
Air Force earned a pair of top-five finishes from juniors Danielle Tabb and Kyle Gartrell. Tabb was the runner-up in the shot put with a distance of 47'10" and finished fourth in the weight throw (54'6¾"), while Gartrell finished third overall in the long jump (21'11¾", second among collegiate jumpers) and fifth in the triple jump (45'11¼", third collegiately). Gartrell was joined in the top-five of the long jump by freshman Tyson McQuerry, who finished fifth with a distance of 21'5¼".
Freshman Alexa Chacon finished second among collegiate runners - and fourth overall - in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.04, while junior Taylor Drolshagen earned the same collegiate placement (fifth overall) in the 800-meter run (2:28.00). On the men's side, senior Elliott Beski was finished second among collegiate competitors in the pole vault (15'7"), while former Air Force All-American Nick Frawley won the event with a clearance of 17'6½".
Also placing in the overall top-five for Air Force were sophomore Angelea Ross (triple jump, 38'0¾", fourth), junior Jake Spuller (200-meter dash, 21.86, fourth), senior Jalen Fooster (weight throw, 58'2½", fifth), sophomore Gavin McHenry (60-meter dash, 6.91, fifth) and sophomore Naomi Alston (200-meter dash, 26.03, fifth). In addition, junior Evan McDowell finished fifth among the collegiate competitors in the 60-meter hurdles (sixth overall), clocking a time of 8.57.
The Falcons head out on the road next weekend (Jan. 17-18) for a pair of meets. The majority of the squad will compete at the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., while several members of the pole vault team will travel to Reno, Nev., for the annual Pole Vault Summit.