Jan. 27, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Juniors Lesly Torres and Michael Tibbs recorded the third-best Academy totals in the pentathlon and heptathlon, respectively, as five members of the Air Force track and field team concluded action at the Air Force Indoor Combined Events Meet on Friday, Jan. 27.
Torres had a career day at the Cadet Field House, en route to a personal-best total of 3,438 points to finish third in the 24-member competition and second among the 22 collegiate athletes. In addition to recording the third-highest pentathlon total in Academy history and Junior Class Record with a personal improvement of over 150 points, Torres also moved into seventh on the program's all-time list in the 60-meter hurdles, as she placed fourth with a career-best 9.04. She added an event win in the high jump with a career-best matching clearance of 5'7", while setting personal-best marks in the 800-meter run (2:45.89/2:43.96 with altitude adjustment), long jump (17'6¾") and shot put (32'2¼").
Tibbs was the runner-up in the 24-man heptathlon, clocking a two-day total of 5,249 points. That total, a career improvement of 235 points, moved the junior into third on the program's all-time list. Contributing to his total was a personal-best time of 8.45 in the 60-meter hurdles to finish third and a tie for first on the pole vault at 15'5". Tibbs rounded out the competition with a time of 3:02.50 in the 1000-meter run.
French placed seventh in the pentathlon with a career-best 3,171, while moving into sixth on the program's all-time list. The senior capped off the day with an event victory in the 800-meter dash, easily bettering the field behind a time of 2:25.24. She also matched her career-best height in the high jump with a clearance of 4'11", while setting a new career-best long jump distance of 16'10¾". French wrapped up the day with season-best marks in the 60-meter hurdles (10.22) and shot put (32'5¾").
In his first collegiate multi-event competition, McDowell scored 4,644 points - the ninth-highest total in Academy history - to place 11th overall. McDowell finished fifth in the 1000-meter run with a debut time of 2:57.34, while placing eighth in the 60-meter hurdles behind a time of 8.74. The freshman added a clearance of 10'11¾" in his first collegiate pole vault to round out the final day of competition.
Freshman Kobi Rex finished 13th in the overall standings, with 4,572 points (the 11th-best total in Academy history). He recorded a personal-best time of 9.18 in the 60-meter hurdles, while adding marks of 3:06.64 in the 1000-meter hurdles and 13'5¼" in the pole vault.
The Falcons return to action tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 28), when they host the Air Force Team Challenge. Action begins with the weight throw at 8:30 a.m. The remaining field events begin at 10 a.m., while the running events are scheduled to begin at noon.