Feb. 8, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. - Senior Jen Bremser clocked the second-fastest 5000-meter time in Academy history, as five members of the Air Force distance team wrapped up the first day of competition at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., on Friday, Feb. 8.
The senior became the first Air Force runner since Callie Calhoun in 1991 to break the 17-minute mark in the indoor 5000-meter race, as she crossed the finish line in a career-best time of 16:59.75 to take third in the second section of competition. With that time, a personal improvement of 33 seconds, Bremser finished 38th in the 84-runner event.
Four members of the men's team also competed in a series of 5000-meter races tonight at Dempsey Indoor, including senior Jeremy Drenckhahn, who made his season debut in the top section of competitors. Drenckhahn clocked a season-opening time of 14:12.99 to finish 15th in his heat and 15th overall in the full 80-runner field.
Junior Isaiah Bragg and senior Matt Bell collected top-10 finishes in the second section of runners, while senior Andrew Quallio finished within the top 20. Bragg, who finished fourth in the section and 25th among the full field, posted a career-best time of 14:23.40, while Bell made his indoor 5000-meter debut with a ninth-place time of 14:27.48 (38th overall). Quallio rounded out the trio of Falcons in the second session with a personal-best time of 14:45.72 to finish 16th in the heat and 62nd overall.
Nine more members of the Falcons' middle distance and distance teams will compete at the Husky Classic tomorrow (Feb. 9), while the rest of the team will host the Air Force Team Challenge at the Academy, beginning at 8:30 a.m.