Sean Houseworth Wins Conference Crown in 5000-Meter Run
Feb. 27, 2009
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Senior Sean Houseworth won the conference title in the 5000-meter run, as the Air Force track and field team continued competition at the Mountain West Conference Championships on Friday, Feb. 27, at the Academy's Cadet Field House. Houseworth was one three all-conference accolades (top-three finishes) for the Falcons during the first full day of action at the league meet.
In the first "final" of the day, Houseworth cruised to a winning time of 15:09.35. A runner-up in the event one year ago, Houseworth took the lead midway through the race and didn't let up in the final laps, pacing a trio of Air Force scoring runners. Classmate Matt Williams finished fifth with a time of 15:15.29, while junior Justin Tyner placed seventh in 15:23.90.
The Falcons also earned all-conference honors in the distance medley relay, as seniors Sebastian Ortiz and Daniel Castle book-ended sophomores Chris Severino and Tyler Stanley to a third-place time of 10:22.51.
Air Force also earned points from multiple athletes in the weight throw, as sophomore David Nan and junior Dan Paladino finished seventh (57'3¾") and eighth (57'2¼"), respectively. In just his second year of throwing, Nan's personal-best distance is the fourth-best in Academy history.
Senior Skylar Morgan scored of the Falcons in the heptathlon, placing sixth with 4,750 points. Contributing to Morgan's score were sixth-place finishes in the 60-meter hurdles (8.59) and pole vault (13'5¼"), as well as a seventh-place time in the 1000-meter run (3:14.05).
On the women's side, Air Force earned a bevy of points in the pole vault as they accounted for three of the top six spots. The Falcons were paced by sophomore Rachel Simmons, who picked up all-conference honors with a third-place clearance of 12'9½". Freshman Kimber Shealy increased her career-best mark with a height of 12'9½" (the third-best clearance in Academy history) to place fourth, while junior Melissa Beerse finished sixth with a clearance of 12'5½".
The quartet of junior Becca Burditt, freshmen Auriele Fain, Margaret Weingart and Elyse Willard picked up a fifth-place time of 12:56.95 in the distance medley relay to score for the Falcons, while junior Sara Neubauer scored in the weight throw, tossing a distance of 54'4" to finish seventh.
Several preliminary events were also contested this afternoon.
Senior Kellen Curry clocked the second-fastest time in the preliminary 60-meter hurdles (8.15) to advance to the finals. Joining him will be freshman Bryce Bergman, who advanced by a tie-breaker in the eighth-place spot (8.4509). Sophomore Reggie Rembert, who made his debut with the track team last weekend, qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.99.
Curry also qualified to the finals of the 200-meter dash, with a personal-best time of 21.92 (a time that is the seventh-fastest in Air Force history) to finish fifth in the preliminaries. He will join classmate Kevin Rivers, who placed sixth with a career-best time of 22.01.
Freshman Auriele Fain qualified for the finals of the mile, with a fifth-place time of 5:22.13. Junior Ally Romanko recorded an advancing time in the 800-meter race, as she clocked a sixth-place time of 2:16.98.
And although she didn't qualify in the 400-meter dash, junior Jessica Mapes improved her standing in the program's all-time record book. With a personal-best time of 58.22, Mapes moved from ninth to sixth in the Academy record book.
The men are currently in fourth-place with 28 points - just five points out of third, while the women are in third with 24 points.
The Falcons conclude Mountain West Conference action tomorrow (Feb. 29). Action at the Academy's Cadet Field House begins 10 a.m., with the men's shot put and women's triple jump. Live results can be found on the Falcons' website under the "Conference Championship Information for Track and Field".