April 18, 2009
NORWALK, Calif. - Highlighted by a first-place clearance in the pole vault by freshman Kimber Shealy, the Air Force track and field team wrapped up competition at the Beach Invitational on Saturday, April 18, at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. Air Force accounted for 14 top-10 finishes, in a meet that featured over 1300 athletes from 52 universities and 31 clubs.
Winning the pole vault with a regional qualifying clearance of 12'7½", Shealy matched the second-best height in Academy history. With a personal improvement of four inches, she is now tied with teammate Rachel Simmons on the all-time list.
Sophomore Necressaine White, who finished sixth in the 200-meter dash, improved her standing on the program's all-time list with a time of 25.45. She moved into fifth in the Academy standings, while also moving into eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.41.
Junior Sara Neubauer picked up three top-10 marks, highlighted by a fifth-place throws in the shot put (46'2¾") and discus throw (162'7"). She also finished ninth in the hammer throw, with a toss of 162'9". Classmate Jessica Mapes finished 10th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.90 - the sixth-fastest time in program history.
On the men's side, freshman Bryce Bergman, sophomore Matthew Jones and Matt Davis paced the squad. They each accounted for individual top-10 finishes, while running a leg of the third-place 4x400-meter relay.
Jones posted the highest individual finish, as he placed third in the 400-meter hurdles behind a time of 52.77. Bergman finished eighth in the 110-meter hurdles (14.89), while placing ninth in the 400-meter hurdles (55.24). Davis posted a time of 10.79 in the 100-meter dash to finish eighth. The trio teamed up with sophomore Tyler Stanley to record a time of 3:18.79 in the relay.
Senior Matt Williams finished fifth in the 1500-meter run after clocking a time of 3:53.14. From the field, junior Dan Paladino and freshman Dillon Stucky recorded eighth-place finishes in the hammer throw (179'2") and triple jump (46'7½"), respectively.
The Falcons split next weekend for a pair of meets. Select Air Force athletes will travel to the Drake Relays, while the rest of the squad travels to Fort Collins for the Jack Christiansen Invitational.