April 17, 2013
AZUSA, Calif. - Highlighted by an Academy decathlon record in the shot put, two members of the Air Force track and field team completed the first day of competition at the Mt SAC/California Invitational on Wednesday, April 17, in Azusa, Calif.
With a career-best throw of 44'6¼", Michael Tibbs added over two feet to the program's decathlon event record that had stood since 2003. With that toss, Tibbs was the top collegiate athlete and finished second overall in the 11-member Mt. SAC Division. The senior, who missed much of the indoor season with injury, also tallied a personal-best mark in the high jump, as he tied for second with a clearance of 6'4¾". He added season-best marks in the long jump (21'0¼", seventh) and 100-meter dash (11.40, 12th). Tibbs, who did not finish the 400-meter dash, currently has 2,968 points to sit in 11th in the overall standings.
Evan McDowell collected a first-day total of 3,411 points to sit in 10th in the California Invitational "A" division of the decathlon. The sophomore, who just returned to the lineup after suffering an ankle injury several weeks ago, posted a pair of personal-best marks during his first competition at the prestigious multi-event competition. McDowell posted his best individual finish of the day in the long jump, as he recorded a career-best 21'8¾" to finish seventh in the 15-member "A" section. He also improved his career mark in the shot put, adding nearly three feet to his distance (36'11¾") to finish 11th. Rounding out McDowell's first day of competition were top-10 finishes in the high jump (eighth, 6'1¼") and 400-meter dash (10th, 52.40), as well as his season debut in the 100-meter dash (13th, 11.57).
The decathlon concludes tomorrow (April 18) at Cougar Stadium on the campus of Azusa Pacific University. McDowell begins competition at 11 a.m., while the first event for Tibbs is slated for 12:30 p.m. In addition, 14 Falcons open competition at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays tomorrow in Walnut, Calif., beginning at 1:30 p.m. (PST).