April 4, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Four members of the Air Force track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the second-annual Air Force Outdoor Combined Events Meet on Thursday, April 4, at the Academy's Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex.
In the first decathlon of the season, junior Brad Hackert is currently ranked fifth with 3,127 points, while senior Michael Tibbs is listed seventh with 2,540 points (Tibbs, who only recently returned to competition after missing the indoor season with an injury, did not complete the 400-meter dash).
Hackert, who recorded the best `first-day' total of his career, collected a pair of personal-best marks. His best individual event finish came in the high jump, as he tied for third with a career-best clearance of 6'2¼". He also finished fourth in the shot put (39'2¼") and 400-meter dash (54.79), while claiming seventh-place scores in the long jump (career-best 18'11¾") and 100-meter dash (11.90, a mark just 0.01 shy of another PR).
Tibbs won the decathlon shot put with a distance of 43'5", while finishing fourth in the long jump (20'7¾"), sixth in the 100-meter dash (11.74) and seventh in the high jump (5'5").
After five events, unattached competitor Kyle Sullivan is in first with 3,682 points. The Colorado State tandem of Josh McMillin and Josh Cogdill are ranked second (3432) and third (3339), respectively, while Jacob Wilson of Black Hills State (fourth, 3324) and Hackert (fifth, 3127) round out the top five.
Backed by an event win in the high jump (5'5¾"), senior Lesly Torres is in second after the first four events of the heptathlon. Torres also finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.27), sixth in the 200-meter dash (26.77) and seventh in the shot put (31'9½").
Sophomore Kendra Smith, competing in her first collegiate heptathlon, tallied a first-day total of 2,669 points to sit in fifth after four events. Smith, who competed in all four outdoor events for the first time, picked up a second-place finish in the shot put (33'2"). She also tied for fifth in the high jump (5'1") and recorded seventh-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (15.75) and 200-meter dash (27.05).
Wyoming's Jenna Mann currently leads the heptathlon field with 3,065 points, while Torres is in second with 2,865 points. Unattached competitor Brittany Lewis (third, 2833), Northern Colorado's Alisha Allen (fourth, 2718) and Smith (fifth, 2669) round out the top five of the 15-competitor field.
The Air Force Outdoor Combined Events Meet concludes tomorrow (Friday, April 5) at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. The decathlon's 110-meter hurdles and heptathlon's long jump are both scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.