April 5, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force sophomore Kendra Smith recorded the ninth-best heptathlon total in Academy history, as several members of the track and field team wrapped up competition at the Air Force Outdoor Combined Events Meet on Friday, April 5.
In her first collegiate heptathlon, Smith recorded 4,170 points to finish seventh in the 15-member event. With that total, which ranks ninth on the program's all-time standings, Smith becomes just the ninth Air Force female to surpass the 4,000-point mark.
During the final three events, which were all her first of the season, Smith finished sixth in the long jump (16'0¼"), eighth in the javelin throw (82'0¼") and 11th in the 800-meter run (2:43.86).
Brittany Lewis, an unattached competitor from Boulder, used a strong final event to win the heptathlon title (4,905 points), while Wyoming's Jenna Mann and Northern Colorado's Alisha Allen finished second (4754) and third (4337), respectively.
On the men's side, junior Brad Hackert finished fourth in the decathlon with a total of 5,547 points. His best placement of the day came in the 1500-meter run, where he placed third behind a time of 5:54.98. He also finished fourth in both the pole vault (career-best 11'7¾") and javelin throw (147'6¾"), while adding sixth-place marks in the 110-meter hurdles (career-best 16.57) and discus throw (96'8½").
Senior Michael Tibbs competed in three of the five events during the second day of competition, tallying first-place scores in two of them. Tibbs took first in the discus throw (133'2¼") and javelin throw (171'6½"), while adding a third-place time of 15.50 in the 110-meter hurdles.
Unattached competitor Kyle Sullivan won the decathlon with a 6,483-point total. Colorado State's Josh Cogdill and Josh McMillin finished second (6189) and third (6134), while Hackert (fourth, 5,547) and Black Hills State's Riley Meissner (fifth, 5,519) rounded out the top five.
The Falcons return to competition tomorrow, when the host the second-annual Air Force Relays at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. Action begins at 10 a.m., with the women's hammer throw and men's discus throw. The remaining field events begin at 11 a.m., while the first running event is scheduled to get underway at 12:30 p.m.