GREELEY, Colo. -- Highlighted by senior Tyler Koss running the second-fastest 400-meter dash in Academy history, the Air Force track and field team wrapped up competition at the NoCo Challenge this afternoon (April 15) in Greeley. Koss was one of three Falcons to impact the all-time standings -- and one of 10 to account for event titles during the meet against their Front Range foes at Nottingham Field.
Improving his previous-best mark by 0.61 seconds, Koss clocked a time of 45.80 to win the 400-meter dash by nearly three seconds and move into No. 2 on the program's all-time list -- while accounting for the program's fastest time in 35 years.
Junior Sam Hinegardner and sophomore Kelsey Owens also impacted the Academy's all-time standings this afternoon. Hinegardner recorded a career-best clearance of 6'11" to win the high jump and debut in sixth on the program's all-time list, while Owens posted a personal-best time of 25.34 to debut in ninth on the Academy's top-10 list for the 200-meter dash.
The men earned five additional first-place finishes, as senior Robbie Anderson won the 100-meter dash in a wind-aided time of 10.88, junior Andrew Tankersley won the 1500-meter run in 3:58.93, senior Chip White won the 400-meter hurdles in 52.33, sophomore Marshall Wheeler won the 3000-meter steeplechase in 10:00.02 and freshman Greg Skage won the pole vault with a clearance of 17'1½".
Koss paced Air Force to a sweep of the top-three finishes in the 400-meter dash, while Skage, the first Falcon to clear the 17-foot bar in the pole vault this season, led Air Force to four of the top-five finishes in that event. Freshmen Zachary Dicken and Terrell Davis finished second (48.68) and third (48.99), respectively, in the 400-meter dash, while sophomore Connor Stevens (second, career-best 16'9½"), freshman Mitch Lipe (fourth, 15'9¾") and sophomore Chris Doerr (fifth, 15'3¾") placed within the pole vault's top five. Hinegardner paced the Falcons to three top-five clearances in the high jump (senior Jake LaCoste, second at 6'7"; freshman Addison Brown, fifth at 6'3¼"), while Tankersley and White led Air Force to multiple top-five finishes in the 1500-meter run (sophomore Jordan Armstrong, fifth at 4:05.83) and 400-meter hurdles (senior David Collins, fourth in 53.74), respectively.
The women earned three first-place finishes. Sophomores Megan Irvine and Swathi Samuel won the 800-meter run (2:15.13) and 1500-meter run (4:44.51), respectively, while junior Liz Jarvis took first in the javelin throw (134'10"). Samuel led the women to a 1-2-3 sweep of the 1500-meter event, as freshman Shay Stayton finished second (4:48.45) and senior Katie Burnham placed third (4:48.61). Jarvis led Air Force take a one-two finish in the javelin, as senior Cortney Porter tossed a 120'4" to finish second.
The men captured four of the top-five spots in the 800-meter run, as well as three of the top-four marks in the javelin throw. Junior Gordon Kowalkowski (second in 1:53.57), classmate Preston Roche (third in 1:53.90), freshman Colin Dwyer (fourth in 1:54.39) and senior Conner Wilburn (fifth in 1:55.20) earned top-five finishes in the 800-meter race, while freshman Parker Spearman (second at 209'5"), senior Luke Piper (third at 201'3") and freshman Peyton Spires (fourth at 165'10") claimed top-four marks in the javelin. Anderson and Koss added respective second- (21.56) and third-place (21.58) finishes in the 200-meter dash, while Collins (second in 14.46) and senior Tyler Berson (fifth in 16.56) placed within the top-five of the 110-meter hurdles.
The women added seven additional top-five marks, including runner-up marks from Owens and junior Aryn Maxwell in the 400-meter events. Owens clocked a time of 56.97 to place second in the 400-meter dash, while Maxwell posted a time of 1:01.86 to finish second in the 400-meter hurdles. Junior Andrea Abel placed third in the triple jump (37'8½"), while freshman Hannah Nance and junior Jerni Self earned fourth-place marks in the high jump (5'5¾") and pole vault (12'0½"), respectively. Sophomore Ashley Cameron and freshman Addyson Smith rounded out the Falcons' list of top-five finishers, as Cameron placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.92) and Smith took fifth in the shot put (42'3½").
The Falcons return to action next weekend (April 19-21), when they travel to California for several meets.