Feb. 2, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Air Force track and field team wrapped up competition at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Saturday, Feb. 2, with one event title and several additions to the program's all-time record book.
The women's record book saw four improvements to the program's top-10 list during competition at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Senior Jen Bremser claimed an event title for the Falcons in the 3000-meter run, as she completed the wire-to-wire victory in a time of 10:13.02. Her altitude converted time of 9:57.92 is ranked fifth on the program's all-time list.
The women's 4x400-meter relay squad of senior Bethany Gross, junior Annette Eichenberger, sophomore Morgan Malone and freshman Naomi Alston combined for the third-fastest time in Academy history, as they clocked a time of 3:51.06 to place third in the meet.
In addition, sophomore Rebecca Esselstein improved her time in the 800-meter run to 2:13.31 (2:12.57, altitude) to move into sixth on the program's all-time list, while senior Melissa Fuerst moved into seventh on the program's all-time list in the mile with a career-best time of 5:00.66 (4:54.11, altitude). Esselstein finished fifth in the 800-meter run, while Fuerst picked up a sixth-place mark in the mile.
Bremser, Esselstein and Fuerst contributed to several top-10 finishes for Air Force in their respective events. Freshman Anna Olesinski finished fourth in the 3000-meter with a career-best time of 10:24.22 (10:08.84a), while senior Morgan Mosby clocked a season-best time of 2:11.39 to finish third in the 800-meter race. Mosby's altitude-converted time of 2:10.66 is just 0.04 shy of her career-best, which is the second-fastest time in Academy history. Freshman Hannah Everson rounded out the Falcons' top-10 placements in those three distances, as she clocked a career-best time of 5:12.63 (5:05.82, altitude) in the mile to finish ninth.
In addition to her placement on the 4x400-meter relay, Gross also finished eighth in the 400-meter dash, as she clocked a season-debut time of 57.26. Rounding out the top-10 finishers for the women's team were a pair of placewinners in the triple jump. Junior Kassie Gurnell matched her season-best distance of 40'6¾" to finish fifth, while freshman Angelea Ross posted a mark of 38'3½" to finish ninth.
The men's team made one addition to their record book, as freshman Patrick Corona set a new Freshman Class Record in the mile, as he crossed the finish line in 4:16.32 (4:10.7a, altitude). Corona was one of four Falcons to compete in the mile today. Senior Ted Artz finished third with a time of career-best time of 4:08.73, while Corona finished sixth and senior Matt Bell made his mile debut with an eighth-place time of 4:17.33 (4:11.72, altitude).
Air Force earned a pair of runner-up finishes in the men's events.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team of junior David Ptacek, classmate Josh Nielsen, senior Uzor Udensi and sophomore Jake Spuller finished second with a season-best time of 3:18.34, while senior James Chambers earned a runner-up finish in the shot put to pace a quartet of Falcons to top-eight finishes.
Chambers recorded a distance of 52'11" to finish second, while classmate Brian Ford took third with a throw of 50'10¼". Freshman Grant Hamilton placed seventh with a distance of 46'9½", while senior Michael Tibbs finished eighth with a throw of 45'6¼".
The men also accounted for multiple top-10 finishes in the 3000-meter run and the mile. Junior Lance Wolfsmith finished fourth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:37.07, while freshman Kevin Mihalik and sophomore Elliot Myers finished sixth (8:37.32) and ninth (8:43.58), respectively. Junior Jake Hawkins clocked a debut time of 1:55.31 to finish seventh in the 800-meter run, while freshman Grant Caswell finished ninth in 1:55.54.
The Falcons return to the Academy next Saturday (Feb. 9) when they host the Air Force Team Challenge at the Cadet Field House Indoor Track.