Feb. 1, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Three incursions to the Academy's all-time record book and one event title highlighted the first day of competition for the Air Force track and field team at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Friday, Feb. 1, in Albuquerque.
Junior William Kent became the sixth thrower in Air Force history to break the 60-foot barrier in the weight throw, as he improved his overall distance by more than four feet to win the event title. Kent, who reset his PR twice during competition, unleashed the winning throw of 60'10½" on his next to last attempt to debut in third on the Academy's all-time list.
Kent paced the Falcons to four top-10 finishes in the men's weight throw, including three of the top five. Senior Brian Ford and junior Jalen Fooster finished third (58'1") and fifth (57'8½"), respectively, while freshman Grant Hamilton rounded out the quartet with a ninth-place distance of 49'11¼".
The weight throw record book also earned an update on the women's side, as sophomore Danielle Tabb recorded a distance of 54'1". Improving her distance by nearly four feet, Tabb finished sixth in the 22-thrower event, while junior Becca Bauman finished seventh behind a throw of 52'10¼".
Sophomore Zach Perkins deleted four seconds off of his time in the mile to debut in seventh on the Academy's all-time list. Crossing the finish line of the "invitational" field in a time of 4:10.58 (converted for altitude to 4:05.12), Perkins set a new Sophomore Class Record, en route to his third-place finish.
In addition, junior Rachel Herald (high jump, 5'6") and sophomore Joey Uhle (pole vault, 17'2¾") equaled their own career-best marks, which are already listed in the program's all-time record book, while sophomore Siotame Latu became the first Air Force athlete to compete in the 400-meter hurdles during the indoor season, setting an inaugural program mark of 59.85.
Two members of the men's team earned the top collegiate finish of their respective events during the first day of competition at the New Mexico Classic. With a clearance of 17'2¾", senior Cale Simmons was the top collegiate finisher in the pole vault, while classmate Travis Smith claimed the same placement in the high jump after recording a season-best height of 6'8¼".
Simmons, who finished second only to former Air Force All-American Nick Frawley in the 22-competitor pole vault field, paced the Falcons to the top four collegiate finishes. Uhle, who matched Simmons' height of 17'2¾" finished third based on attempts, while senior Rob Simmons and junior Elliott Beski finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with matching clearances of 16'2¾".
In the high jump, Smith bettered his seasonal mark for the second straight week to finish second among 14 competitors, while sophomore Evan McDowell improved his season clearance to 6'5" during a seventh-place performance.
Senior Lesly Torres and junior Regan Rogers placed seventh (5'4¼") and ninth (5'2¼"), respectively, to join Herald (fifth) among the top-10 finishers of the women's high jump. The Falcons also received top-10 finishes from junior Annette Eichenberger, who clocked a debut 600-meter time of 1:34.02 to finish fourth, and sophomore Jake Spuller, who matched his season-best time of 21.90 to finish seventh in the 200-meter dash.
The Falcons close out competition at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic tomorrow (Feb. 2), beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the women's shot put.