Feb. 27, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - With the fourth-highest pentathlon total in Academy history, Air Force freshman Alexa Chacon kicked off the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships with a new Freshman Class Record. On Thursday (Feb. 27), the opening day of conference action at the Academy's Cadet Field House, Chacon finished 10th with 3,344 points.
Chacon's total, a personal improvement of nearly 200 points, added over 100 points to the program's Freshman Class Record that had stood since 2001.
The freshman picked up a pair of fifth-place finishes in her first conference championship meet, earning that placement in both the 60-meter hurdles (8.83) and 800-meter run (2:27.67). She added a career-best toss of 30'0" in the shot put to finish 12th in that event, while placing eighth in the long jump (17'2¼") and 11th in the high jump (4'9½").
Junior Evan McDowell also competed during the first day of Mountain West competition, holding fourth with 2,924 points after the first four events. His best finishes came in the long jump and shot put, as he finished third in both. McDowell recorded a career-best clearance of 41'3" in the shot put, while adding a season-best distance of 22'0¾" in the long jump. He also tied for fourth in the high jump with a season-best clearance of 6'5½" and placed sixth in the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 7.36.
McDowell returns to action at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning (Friday, Feb. 28) with the final three events of the heptathlon. Action for the rest of the squad gets underway at 12:30 p.m., with the women's weight throw beginning the second day of Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships.