LUBBOCK, Texas -- Two Academy records fell this afternoon (Feb. 10), as the Air Force track and field team wrapped up competition at the Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock. In all, the Falcons made four improvements to the top-half of the program's all-time standings during the running events at the Red Raiders' Sports Performance Center.
Freshman Aubrey Ridgeway, who matched the Academy's four-year-old record in the 200-meter dash last weekend, knocked 0.19 seconds off of that time to set a new program standard today, as she crossed the finish line in a time of 24.66. With that time, Ridgeway reset her week-old Freshman Class Record, won her heat by 0.16 seconds and placed within the top half of the overall field (15th).
The 4x400-meter relay of freshman Zachary Dicken, junior Sedacy Walden, sophomore Michael Rhoads and senior Tyler Koss also recorded an Academy record on Saturday, as they combined for a time of 3:09.18. Finishing third in the 10-team race, the quartet deleted 0.08 seconds off of the previous record that Walden and Koss helped set one year ago.
The women also saw an improvement to the top-five of their 4x400-meter relay standings, as Ridgeway led junior Aryn Maxwell, freshman Devyn Jones and sophomore Megan Irvine to the second-fastest time in program history. The group, which placed sixth in the race, clocked a time of 3:49.54 to finish just 0.10 shy of the program's five-year-old standard.
In addition to running on the men's record-setting relay, Rhoads also impacted the top-five of an individual event in the Academy record book, as he deleted more than one second off of his time in the 800-meter run (1:49.15, adjusted for altitude) to move from 10th to third on the all-time standings. Rhoads paced Air Force to a pair of top-five finishes in the 800-meter run, as senior Zac Petrie clocked an actual time of 1:51.53 to finish fifth.
The Falcons earned one first-place finish at the Shootout this afternoon, as junior Kathryn Tomczak won the pole vault with a clearance of 13'8¼". Tomczak was one of two top-six finishes on that event, as classmate Jerni Self cleared 12'0½" to tie for sixth. The Falcons added two other top-six marks from the field, as senior Shelley Spires earned runner-up honors in the high jump with a clearance of 5'11½" and junior Garrett Coalson finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 53'4½".
The Falcons return to the Academy next Friday (Feb. 16) to host the Air Force Collegiate Open. The meet, the squad's final tune-up before the conference championship meet, is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.