Feb. 16, 2013
GOLDEN, Colo. - Backed by four event titles and five incursions into the program's top-10 standings - including the second-best weight throw distance in Academy history - the Air Force throwers had a stellar day of competition at the Joe Davies Open in Golden, Colo.
The Falcons won all four throwing events, with marks that are ranked among the best in program history. Senior Brian Ford won the men's weight throw with a career-best 62'8½", while classmate James Chambers used a personal-best 55'5½" to win the shot put. Ford's throw, a new Senior Class Record, is the second-farthest throw in Academy history. Chambers, who entered the program's top-10 record book last week, improved his standing to sixth on the all-time list.
Junior Jalen Fooster finished second to Ford with a personal-best 60'7¾", which improved his fourth-place standing on the Academy's all-time list.
On the women's side, sophomore Danielle Tabb and junior Becca Bauman recorded the fourth-best distances in program history to win the shot put and weight throw, respectively. Tabb tossed a 47'4½" to win the shot put, while Bauman took first in the weight throw with a throw of 55'5¾".
In addition to the three all-time list incursions on the men's side, the Falcons dominated the fields. Ford and Fooster paced the Falcons to five of the top-eight finishes in the weight throw, while Chambers led Air Force to four of the top-five spots in the shot put.
Academy record-holder William Kent finished third in the weight throw with a toss of 59'3½", while freshman Grant Hamilton and senior Brendon Birdsell finished seventh (career-best 54'3¼") and eighth (career-best 52'4½"), respectively. Ford finished second to Chambers in the shot put with a distance of 51'7", while Hamilton tossed a 51'5¾" to place third. Senior Shane Cox rounded out the top-five scorers, as he tossed a 48'4" to finish fifth.
The Falcons also swept the pole vault titles, as sophomore Joey Uhle and senior Bizzy Mellado won the men's and women's titles, respectively. Uhle, who paced the men to a sweep of the top-three spots, won the event with a clearance of 16'6". Junior Cort Rogers cleared 16'2" to finish second, while senior Rob Simmons took third at 15'8¼". Mellado tallied a season-best clearance of 12'2½" to win the women's title, while freshman Morgan Horn finished fifth with a height of 10'8¾".
Also collecting top-10 finishes from the field were sophomore Kyle Gartrell and senior Katy Moorkamp. Gartrell recorded a career-best distance of 46'6½" to place third in the triple jump, while Moorkamp finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 40'8¾".
Only three track athletes traveled to Colorado School of Mines. Sophomore Sierra Schepper finished fifth in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.32, while classmate Evan McDowell placed 10th in the men's hurdles with a time of 8.57 (clocked 8.53 in the preliminary heat). Freshman Gavin McHenry rounded out today's competitors with a ninth-place time of 6.95 in the 60-meter dash (clocked 6.88 in the preliminary heat).
The full squad returns to action next week, when they travel to Idaho, for the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships. The three-day meet, which begins with the heptathlon and pentathlon on Thursday, Feb. 21, will be held at Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa.