Jan. 24, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - With 3,078 points, Air Force sophomore Kendra Smith recorded the ninth-highest pentathlon total in Academy history on Thursday, Jan. 24, as three members of the track and field team opened competition at the 23rd annual Air Force Invitational.
Senior Lesly Torres finished eighth in the 35-competitor pentathlon with 3,334 points, while Smith's debut output of 3,078 points was 17th.
Torres, who is already ranked third on the program's all-time list with the 3,438 points she totaled last year, began the 2013 meet with a 60-meter hurdles time of 9.42. She followed that up with a season-best clearance of 5'5" in the high jump and added a career-best shot put distance of 32'4¾". Torres also notched a career-best mark of 17'8" in the long jump to place within the top-10 (ninth) on that event. She concluded the five-event competition with a season-debut time of 2:43.87 in the 800-meter dash. That time, when converted for altitude to 2:42.05, is a personal-best by nearly two seconds.
Smith tallied career-best marks in her first three events, en route to her placement on the program's all-time list. The freshman shaved 0.24 seconds off of her time in the 60-meter hurdles (9.45) and added over one foot to her distance in the shot put (33'4"), while matching her career best in the high jump with a clearance of 5'1". Smith added a long jump distance of 15'10½", before closing out the competition with a debut time of 2:44.18 in the 800-meter run.
Mississippi State's Erica Bougard won the pentathlon with an Air Force Invitational record of 4,190 points, as she bettered the field by over 300 points.
After four events of the heptathlon, sophomore Evan McDowell currently sits in fourth with 2,785 points. In addition to winning the long jump, McDowell recorded two career-best marks, and matched a third personal-best mark, en route to the best first-day total of his career. The sophomore opened the meet with a career-best matching time of 7.40 to finish 11th in the 60-meter dash, before winning the long jump with a personal-best distance of 22'0¾" - an improvement of nearly one foot. After adding a foot-and-a-half to his overall distance in the shot put (38'4") to take seventh, McDowell closed out the first day tying for fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 6'2¼".
The Falcons continue action at the Air Force Invitational tomorrow (Jan. 25). The final three events of the men's heptathlon get underway at 9 a.m., while the full team competition begins at 12:30 p.m., with the men's weight throw.