Jan. 22, 2011
LINCOLN, Neb. - Sophomore Morgan Mosby set an Academy record in the 1000-meter run and five others moved up the program's top-10 list, as the Air Force track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2011 adidas Classic in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Jan. 22. In the first scored meet of the season, the men placed third, while the women finished sixth.
Mosby crossed the finish line of the 1000-meter run in 2:54.62, finishing second in the field. Her time is a new Academy record, breaking the previous time of 2:55.95 that Rita Burr set in 1981. It is the second straight year that a member of the women's team has broken a long-standing program record at the adidas Classic.
Mosby wasn't the only Falcon to impact the record book during today's meet.
Junior Paige Blackburn moved into second on the program's all-time list in the shot put, tossing a career-best 47'11" to place sixth overall. Freshman Regan Rogers made a huge leap up the Academy's all-time listings in the high jump, as she cleared 5'7" to place second at the meet and move into a tie for fourth on the program's top-10 list. Senior Katherine Ward clocked a time of 4:58.77to finish second in the mile run and debut in 10th on the Academy's all-time list, while sophomore Bethany Gross clocked the fifth-fastest time in program history (57.35) to finish third.
On the men's side, sophomore Rob Simmons recorded the seventh-best pole vault clearance in Academy history, when he cleared 16'10¾" to place fourth. Simmons was one of two Falcons to score for the Falcons in the pole vault, as his twin brother, Cale, cleared 15'11" to finish fifth.
Air Force earned a pair of first-place finishes on the men's side. Sophomore Jeremy Drenckhahn won the men's 3000-meter run with a time of 8:24.44, while freshman Isaiah Bragg finished first in the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:08.15. Junior Jon Rock finished second to Drenckhahn in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:27.55, while senior Tyler Small clocked a 5000-meter time of 15:16.69 to earn a third-place score for the Falcons.
Senior Justin Tyner was the runner-up in the mile run, clocking a time of 4:11.17, while junior Robert Drye earned the same placement in the weight throw with a distance of 59'8¼". Air Force also earned a scoring finish in the mile from sophomore Ted Artz, who clocked a time of 4:19.80.
The Falcons claimed a pair of scoring finishes in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet of freshman Cory Engel, sophomore Anthony Delgado, junior Manny Smith and senior Chris Severino placed third with a time of 3:17.55, while freshman David Ptacek, senior Tyler Stanley, sophomore Blair O'Bryant and senior Noah Palicia finished sixth in 3:20.00.
Smith also scored for the Falcons in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.84, while Stanley and O'Bryant were of two of three Falcons to earn top-six scoring finishes in the 800-meter run. Stanley crossed the finish line in 1:53.00, while freshman Matt Caldwell and O'Bryant finished fifth (1:55.87) and sixth (1:56.47), respectively.
Air Force also earned points in three other events. Freshman Jake Hawkins and junior Nick White finished fourth (2:31.10) and fifth (2:32.12), respectively, in the 1000-meter run, while sophomore Zach Wood finished fourth in the high jump with a time of 6'8¼". Junior Bryce Bergman rounded out the Falcons' scoring finishers with a fifth-place time of 8.21 in the 60-meter hurdles.
On the women's side, three other Falcons posted finishes that went toward the team total. Freshman Kassie Gurnell recorded a distance of 36'10½" to take third in the triple jump, while senior Melissa Beerse and sophomore Kate Kanetzky picked up sixth-place finishes in their respective events. Beerse recorded a height of 12'3½" in the pole vault, while Kanetzky finished the 5000-meter run in 18:18.09.
Nebraska won its own meet with 179.50 points, while Houston finished second with 134 points. Following Air Force's 92-point third-place finish were Missouri (68.50 points) and Wichita State (50 points). Nebraska took the women's team title with 190 points. Wichita State placed second (115.50 points) and Houston finished third (68 points). With 57 points, Missouri edged Alabama by one point for fourth. Air Force rounded out the field with 38.50 points.
Air Force returns to the Academy on Saturday, Jan. 29, when it hosts the Don Barrett Duals at the Cadet Field House. The Falcons will face Long Beach State and local foes, Colorado, Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Wyoming. The field events will begin at 9 a.m., while the track events will get underway at 1 p.m. In addition, members of the Falcons' pole vault squad will travel to Reno, Nev., for the 2011 Pole Vault Summit.