USAF ACADEMY, Colo. -- With two improvements to the Academy record book and nine first-place finishes, the track and field team wrapped up the home portion of its indoor season this evening (Feb. 16) hosting the Air Force Collegiate Open at the Cadet Field House.
Junior Micah Fontaine and freshman Cambria Galloway debuted in 10th on the all-time standings of their respective events, as Fontaine clocked a time of 8.02 in the 60-meter hurdles and Galloway recorded a distance of 37'5¼" in the triple jump. Fontaine placed second in the hurdles and paced Air Force to two of the top-three times (senior David Collins, 8.17), while Galloway finished third in the triple jump and added a runner-up finish in the long jump (16'11¼").
Air Force swept the event titles in the mile, as senior Carina Gillespie won the women's race in a time of 5:03.49 (first mile of the season) and sophomore Patrick Sullivan took first in the men's event with a personal-best mark of 4:18.49. The wins paced Air Force to a pair of top-three finishes, as sophomore Swathi Samuel (career-best 5:17.38) and freshman Scott Johnson (4:21.61) picked up third-place times in their respective events.
The men also accounted for first-place finishes in both of the throwing events, as senior Brooks Hardy won the weight throw (56'11") and junior Garrett Coalson took first in the shot put (55'7¼"). Air Force claimed the top-two marks in the shot put, as junior Logan Feasline finished second with a throw of 52'7".
Air Force also accounted for the top-two finishes in the 60-meter and 400-meter events. Senior Robbie Anderson posted a time of 6.92 to win the night's shortest race (senior Trent Holmes, 6.93), while classmate Chip White won the 400-meter race in a time of 49.38 (freshman Terrell Davis, 49.73).
Freshman Hunter Boyer rounded out the men's list of first-place finishers, as he posted a winning time of 15:34.99 during his debut in the 5000-meter run. Classmate Alec Schrank and sophomore Marshall Wheeler finished second (15:35.11) and third (personal-best 15:36.41), respectively, in their first races of the season at that distance. Overall, the Falcons claimed the top-seven finishes in the 13-runner event.
Senior Jake LaCoste earned a pair of runner-up finishes on the night, as he placed second in the high jump (career-best 6'7¾") and long jump (22'3¾"). He was one of two Falcons to finish within the top-three of the long jump, as fellow senior Calvin Berstler placed third with a distance of 21'0½". Sophomore Anthony Davis and junior Preston Roche also earned top-three finishes on the night, as Davis posted a career-best mark of 46'6" to finish third in the triple jump and Roche clocked a time of 1:55.42 to earn that same placement in the 800-meter run.
Backed by a career-best clearance from freshman Hannah Nance, the women captured two of the top-three finishes in the high jump. Nance recorded a jump of 5'6" to take second in the event, while sophomore Heidi Borgerding and freshman Kathleen Medill tied for third with matching marks of 5'2¼".
The women accounted for four additional top-three marks on the night. Junior Kathryn Tomczak (pole vault, 13'5¾"), freshman Meghan Carbiener (weight throw, career-best 49'8½") and classmate Mahala Norris (800-meter run, 2:17.47) finished second in their respective events, while sophomore Ashleigh Lehotsky registered a distance of 40'6" to take third in the shot put.
With the Air Force Collegiate Open in the books, the Falcons turn their attention to the championship portion of the indoor season. Air Force travels to Albuquerque, N.M., next week for the 2018 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships. The three-day meet, which begins on Thursday, Feb. 22, will be held at the ABQ Convention Center.