April 16, 2014
AZUSA, Calif. - Two members of the Air Force track and field team opened competition at the Mt. SAC/California Invitational Multi-Events Meet, this afternoon (April 16) at Azusa Pacific University. Freshman Alexa Chacon made her collegiate debut in the heptathlon, while junior Evan McDowell opened action in the decathlon.
McDowell is currently in 11th after the first day of decathlon action with 3,487 points - a score that is 76 points higher than his opening-day score at last year's California Invitational "A" meet. Highlighted by a career-best distance of 38'3¼" in the shot put (10th), McDowell made his outdoor debut in all five events today. His best finishes of the day came in the sprints, where he placed seventh in both the 100-meter dash (11.48) and 400-meter dash (51.40). McDowell also earned a top-10 finish in the long jump (21'0¾", ninth) and finished 13th in the long jump (21'0¾").
Chacon accounted for 2,276 points during her first four events of the heptathlon and currently sites in 45th. In addition to matching her career-best of 4'9" in the high jump (39th), she debuted in the shot put (27'8¾", 39th) and 200-meter dash (26.62, 28th). Chacon rounded out her opening day of events with a 17.57 in the 100-meter hurdles (48th).
Action continues for the pair tomorrow (Thursday, April 16) at APU's Cougar Stadium. Chacon will finish out the heptathlon in group "C", which begins at 8:30 a.m., while McDowell opens the decathlon at 11:00 a.m.