Feb. 9, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Highlighted by two Academy records and 12 additions to the program's all-time standings, the Air Force track and field team completed a successful day of competition at the Air Force Team Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Simmons a personal-best bar of 18'2" to tie for the top clearance of the day in the pole vault and finish second overall based on attempts. The clearance, which bettered the previous standard of 18'1¼" that he set last year, also improved the program's Senior Class Record by one-and-a-half feet. Kent, who debuted on the program's top-10 list just eight days ago, added another two feet to his personal distance in the weight throw to set the new Academy record at 62'10". Finishing second in the meet, Kent bettered the previous record and Junior Class mark by seven inches.
The pole vault's top-10 list received an additional update, as freshman Dylan Bell added an inch to his personal-best mark (17'5½") to improve his sixth-place ranking on the program's all-time list, while finishing third in today's event. Classmate Gavin McHenry was the runner-up in the 60-meter dash, clocking a career-best time of 6.81 to debut in a tie for 10th on the program's all-time list. Senior James Chambers made his first appearance on the program's all-time standings of the shot put (ninth), as he recorded a career-best throw of 54'6¾" to finish third at the meet.
Two other Falcons matched their personal-best marks that they had previously established on the Academy's all-time list. Sophomore Jake Spuller won the 200-meter dash with a career-best matching time of 21.80 (ninth all-time), while senior Zach Wood equaled his personal-best clearance in the high jump (6'10¼", eighth) to finish second.
With his victory in the 200-meter dash, Spuller was one of four individual event winners for the men's team today. Junior David Ptacek won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.23, while freshmen Patrick Corona and Kevin Mihalik won the 800-meter run (career-best 1:58.85) and mile run (career-best 4:24.29), respectively. Spuller and Ptacek also teamed with senior Anthony Delgado and junior Michael Craig to win the men's mile relay in a season-best time of 3:19.57.
Sophomore Morgan Malone paced the women's team with a pair of incursions to the program's all-time record book. Less than an hour after debuting on the Academy's top-10 list in the 60-meter dash (ninth) with a career-best time of 7.83, Malone ran the second-fastest 200-meter dash in program history (25.13) to win her heat and finish fourth overall.
Classmate Danielle Tabb improved her personal distance in the shot put by over two feet (46'4¾") to move from eighth to fourth on the all-time standings, while junior Rachel Herald added an inch to her clearance in the high jump to move into fifth on that list. Fellow junior Kassie Gurnell improved her own Junior Class Record in the triple jump (season-best 40'7½"), while claiming an event title for the women's side of the roster.
Several other Falcons also accounted for scoring finishes for their respective teams.
On the men's side, senior Uzor Udensi finished second to Spuller in the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of 21.88, while adding a season-best time of 6.93 to take fifth in the 60-meter dash. Freshman Grant Caswell made his 800-meter debut with a time of 1:58.86 to place second to Corona, while classmate Evan Fortney clocked a personal-best mile time of 4:26.55 to conclude a one-two Air Force placement in that event.
Junior Carl Eifert finished fourth in the 3000-meter run (9:24.65), while senior Brian Ford earned the same placement in the weight throw (59'9"). Freshman Grant Hamilton had a three-foot personal improvement in the shot put (53'8½") to finish fifth, while junior Josh Nielsen took fifth in the 400-meter dash after crossing the finish line in a career-best time of 49.73. Freshman Joe Wilkin clocked a personal-best 8.23 in the 60-meter hurdles to finish seventh in the event finals.
On the women's side, junior Paige Shirley and senior Bizzy Mellado tied for second in the pole vault with matching clearances of 12'1½", while freshman Anna Olesinski was the runner-up in the mile with a debut time of 5:23.97. Olesinski paced Air Force to two of the top-three finishes, as classmate Hannah Everson finished third in a time of 5:28.97.
Junior Adrianna Dong clocked a debut 3000-meter time of 11:25.92 to take third, while senior Katy Moorkamp and junior Becca Bauman finished fourth (shot put, career-best 42'9") and fifth (weight throw, 53'11¼") in their respective throwing events. Freshman Angelea Ross added an additional scoring finish from the field, as she placed fifth in the triple jump with a clearance of 38'6".
The men posted a perfect 3-0 dual record against BYU (110-20), Colorado (117-17) and Colorado State (86-65) in Team Challenge action, while the women finished the day with wins over BYU (71-39) and Colorado (79-33) and an 88-52 loss to Colorado State.
The Falcons remain in-state for competition next Saturday (Feb. 16), when they make their first trip to Golden for the Joe Davies Collegiate Open at Colorado School of Mines.