Katherine Ward and Jeremy Drenckhahn Have Career Day at Stanford Invitational
March 26, 2011
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Highlighted by two of the four fastest 10,000-meter times in Academy history, the Air Force track and field team concluded the first day of action at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday, March 25. In addition to the second-fastest women's time and the fourth-best men's time at the 10,000-meter distance, the Falcons accounted for a pair of first-place finishes.
Senior Katherine Ward clocked a time of 35:29.41 to place 22nd in the field, while moving from ninth to second on the program's all-time list. Her time, a personal improvement by nearly three minutes is the second fastest time in program history, standing less than one minute behind Callie Calhoun's Academy record. Ward became the first Falcon to crack the women's top five since 2000.
Sophomore Jeremy Drenckhahn crossed the finish line of the men's 10,000-meter run in a time of 29:30.90 - the fourth-fastest time in program history. Drenckhahn became just the seventh Falcon to break the 30-minute mark in the sport's longest distance, while breaking the Academy's Sophomore Class Record by six seconds.
Freshman Timothy Urista and junior James Cole won the javelin throw and discus throw, respectively, while pacing the Falcons to a pair of top-eight finishes. Urista won the javelin throw for the second straight week, tossing a 206'2" in the process, while Cole won the discus with a career-best toss of 170'10". In addition to the two event winners, Air Force claimed a pair of eighth-place finishes on the events from Jon Santiago (javelin, 174'9") and Sean Herbison (discus, 151'2").
Sophomores Zach Wood and Travis Smith picked up third-place marks on the high jump. Competing in one section, Wood cleared a career-best matching 6'8" to tie for third, while Smith cleared 6'4" to finish third outright in the second section. Classmate Bizzy Mellado tied for third in the pole vault, with a clearance of 11'3¾".
Air Force also claimed five additional top-10 finishes from the track, including a fifth-place tie on the high jump from freshman Jamie Hart and sophomore Lesly Torres (5'1¼"). Senior Conner Van Fossen finished eighth in the invitational section of the javelin throw with a distance of 189'11", while Blackburn claimed the same placement in the invitational sections of the shot put (45'0½") and javelin throw (123'10").
From the track, the Falcons collected 17 top-10 finishes in heats of their respective events. Senior Noah Palicia won his section of the 400-meter hurdles (54.28), while junior Bryce Bergman placed sixth (54.84) in his section. Competing in the same section, freshman Cory Engel and senior Matt Jones finished sixth (55.20) and seventh (55.41), respectively.
Palicia was also finished second in his heat of the 110-meter hurdles (15.36), while sophomore Michael Tibbs finished fifth in 15.49. Engel finished sixth in his heat (15.20), while Bergman placed seventh in the first heat at 15.39. Senior Chris Severino posted the Falcons' fastest time of the day in the 400-meter dash, clocking a time of 49.50 to finish seventh in the first section of races. Sophomore Anthony Delgado posted a time of 49.80 to finish fourth in the fourth section, while Jones clocked a time of 50.90 to finish fifth in his section.
The men also collected top-10 finishes from freshmen Jake Hawkins (seventh in 1500-meter run section, 3:58.69) and Drew Coleman (ninth in 100-meter dash section, 11.26).
On the women's side, junior Rachel Thomas was the runner-up in the fourth section of the 400-meter hurdles (64.38), while classmate Emily Cotharn placed fourth in section with a time of 65.34. Torres finished seventh in her heat of the 100-meter hurdles (16.13), while sophomore Bethany Gross finished ninth in the third section of the 400-meter dash (58.75).
The Falcons continue action at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, March 26.