Justin Tyner Earns Berth to NCAA Championships in 3000-Meter Run
Feb. 12, 2011
SEATTLE, Wash. - With the second-fastest 3000-meter time in Academy history, Air Force senior Justin Tyner earned a berth to next month's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, as five members of the Falcons' middle distance and distance team wrapped up action at the Flotrack Husky Classic on Saturday, Feb. 12, in Seattle, Wash. Tyner was one of three Falcons to impact the Academy's record book.
Tyner recorded a career-best time of 7:53.91 to earn the automatic berth to the NCAA Championships and finish 11th in a race that featured 122 runners. Tyner, a 2010 All-American at 5000 meters, was one of 14 runners to better the NCAA's Auto mark. Subtracting 16 seconds off of his previous career-best time, the senior moved from ninth to second on the program's all-time list. He is just the second Falcon to break the eight-minute mark in the 3000, joining Academy record holder Eric Mack (7:52.49, converted for altitude).
Junior Jim Walmsley also competed in the 3000-meter run, clocking a time of 8:09.45 in his first race of the season at that distance to finish within the top third of the field (41st).
Three career-best times were also accounted for during the 800-meter races at the Flotrack Husky Classic.
Shaving six seconds off of her previous best time, sophomore Morgan Mosby accounted for the second-fastest women's 800-meter time in Academy history. Crossing the finish line in a time of 2:10.77, Mosby placed fourth in the 38-runner race and jumped from eighth to second on the Falcons' all-time list.
On the men's side, senior Tyler Stanley recorded a career-best of 1:51.14 to debut in sixth on the men's all-time list. The time was a personal improvement of nearly five seconds, as he finished 25th in a field of 57. Stanley becomes just the second Air Force runner in the last eight years to impact the program's top-six times. Freshman Matt Caldwell also bettered his personal time in the 800, as he recorded a time of 1:55.74 to place 51st.
The Falcons return to action on Friday, Feb. 18, when they travel to Laramie, Wyo., for the annual Robert Shine Invitational. The meet will serve as the final tune-up before the 2011 Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will take place in Albuquerque, N.M., on Feb. 24-26.