March 16, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. - Highlighted by two additions to the program's all-time top-10 standings and seven first-place finishes, the Air Force track and field team wrapped up the second day of competition at the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, March 16.
Sophomore Danielle Tabb recorded the fifth-best shot put mark in Academy history (46'10¾") to win that event, while classmate Morgan Malone won the 100-meter dash with the program's sixth-fastest time (12.35).
The women claimed first-place finishes in four of the five field events that were contested today. Junior Rachel Herald won the high jump with a mark of 5'5", while senior Bizzy Mellado took first in the pole vault with a clearance of 12'3½". Junior Kassie Gurnell completed the Falcons' sweep of "jump" titles, as she recorded a distance of 40'5" to win the triple jump. With her throw of 46'10¾", Tabb bettered the shot put field by over one foot.
In addition to the event winners, the women claimed three of the top-four finishes in the high jump and pole vault, as well as two of the top three in the triple jump. Senior Lesly Torres and junior Regan Rogers finished second (5'3") and fourth (5'1"), respectively, in the high jump, while junior Libby Westfall and freshman Riley Vann cleared matching heights of 10'6" to finish fourth and fifth in the pole vault. Freshman Angelea Ross recorded a debut mark of 36'10½" to take third in the triple jump.
Tabb also picked up a top-five finish in the discus throw, as three Falcons placed within the top four. Senior Katy Moorkamp tossed a 142'1" to finish second, while junior Becca Bauman and Tabb finished third (133'10½") and fourth (127'7¼"), respectively.
The Falcons also earned top-five finishes in the sprints from senior Bethany Gross and sophomore Erica Carson. Gross ran a 25.83 to take fifth in the 200-meter dash, while Carson earned the same finish in the 400-meter dash behind a time of 59.22. In addition, the 4x100-meter relay squad ran an unopposed time trial, recording a combined time of 49.50.
On the men's side, Air Force claimed the top three clearances in the pole vault, as well as three of the top five spots in the high jump. Junior Cort Rogers won the pole vault with a height of 15'11", while senior Rob Simmons placed second with a matching clearance. Classmate Chase Cooper and freshman Dylan Bell tied for third with equal heights of 15'5". In the high jump, senior Travis Smith cleared 6'6¾" to take second in the high jump, while McDowell and senior Michael Tibbs finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with matching clearances of 6'2¾".
Sophomore Kyle Gartrell took first in the triple jump (45'4¼"), while classmate Blue Kearney finished second (42'8¼"). Kearney also picked up a second-place finish in the long jump, as he recorded a distance of 21'11¾". Senior James Chambers and freshman Grant Hamilton both cleared the 50-foot mark in the shot put to finish third (50'7½") and fourth (50'4¾"), respectively, while Chambers added a fourth-place distance of 164'7½" in the discus throw.
Air Force claimed two of the top-three placements in the 200-meter dash, as sophomore Jake Spuller and senior Uzor Udensi finished second (21.75) and third (21.87), respectively. The Falcons captured a majority of the top-five finishes in the 400-meter dash. Junior David Ptacek was the event's runner-up, behind a time of 49.22, while classmate Josh Nielsen and sophomore Evan McDowell finished third (49.45) and fifth (49.87), respectively.
Sophomore Siotame Latu was the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.98, while freshman Jordan McCool clocked 56.80 in his collegiate debut to place fourth. Sophomore Elliot Myers also claimed a top-five finish for the men's team on the track, as he placed second in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:40.84.The men's 4x400-meter relay clocked in a 3:23.26 to finish second, while the 4x100-meter team posted a 42.58 in an unopposed time trial.
Air Force returns to action next weekend (March 22-23), when it travels to Tempe, Ariz., for the Arizona State Invitational.