Jan. 19, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Air Force track and field team picked up a pair of event titles during competition at the Nebraska adidas Classic in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Jan. 19. The men finished third in the five-team men's meet, while the women placed fourth in their competition.
Sophomore Zach Perkins clocked a career-best time of 4:09.54 to win the mile, while senior Brian Ford won the weight throw with a distance of 60'10¾". Ford was one of three Falcons to place within the top five of the weight throw, as juniors Jalen Fooster and William Kent finished third (57'4¼") and fifth (career-best 56'0½"), respectively. Air Force also earned an additional scoring finish in the mile, as senior Ted Artz placed sixth with a career-best time of 4:11.86.
Ford also scored for the Falcons in the shot put, tallying a career-best distance of 53'5½" to place fourth, while classmate James Chambers recorded a personal-best mark of 52'8¼" to finish sixth.
Air Force earned three of the six scoring finishes in the 3000-meter run, backed by a runner-up finish from sophomore Elliot Myers, who clocked a time of 8:33.36 in his debut. Senior Andrew Quallio placed fourth with a time of 8:37.40, while junior Isaiah Bragg took fifth in 8:40.59.
Junior Cort Rogers took second in the pole vault (16'1¾"), while freshman Gavin McHenry clocked a time of 6.98 to finish fifth in the 60-meter dash, after matching his career-best of 6.96 in the preliminary heat. The quartet of junior David Ptacek, junior Josh Nielsen, junior Alex Lindsay and sophomore Jake Spuller combined for a fifth-place time of 3:20.62 in the 4x400-meter relay.
On the women's side, Air Force accounted for multiple scoring finishes in three races.
In the first indoor 3000-meter race of her career, senior Kate Kanetzky debuted in seventh on the program's all-time list, as she crossed the finish line in 10:02.73 to finish third. Fellow senior Jen Bremser clocked a time of 10:05.76 to finish fifth, while classmate Melissa Fuerst placed sixth in a time of 10:07.27. The latter pair added additional top-six finishes in the mile, as Fuerst and Bremser finished fifth (5:01.20) and sixth (5:05.12), respectively.
Junior Annette Eichenberger was the runner-up in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.69, while sophomore Rebecca Esselstein, who won the 1000-meter run at last night's NWU Invitational, clocked the 10th-fastest time in Academy history (2:15.35) to finish third. Senior Morgan Mosby rounded out the scoring with a finishes with a fourth-place time of 2:16.40.
The trio also combined with freshman Naomi Alston to finish sixth in the 4x400-meter relay (4:01.24).
Junior Paige Shirley finished third in the pole vault with a clearance of 11'10½", while freshman Lea Ross earned the same placement in the triple jump with a distance of 38'7". Junior Rachel Herald cleared 5'5" to finish fifth on the high jump, while sophomore Danielle Tabb and junior Becca Bauman claimed sixth-place marks in the shot put (42'9½") and weight throw (51'7"), respectively.
Nebraska won the men's meet with 205.33 points, while Iowa took second with 111. Air Force tallied 69 points to finish third, while Wichita State (61.66) and Oral Roberts (45) rounded out the field. The Cornhuskers swept the team titles, as the women's team, ranked 20th in the USTFCCCA Preseason Projections, tallied 207 points to finish first. Wichita State placed second with 100 points, while Iowa (85), Air Force (46.50) and Oral Roberts (40.50) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Air Force returns to action next week, when it hosts the annual Air Force Invitational on Jan. 24-26 at the Academy's Cadet Field House Indoor Track. Competition begins on Thursday with the heptathlon and pentathlon.