April 19, 2013
WALNUT Calif. - Two members of the Air Force track and field team impacted the Academy record book during the afternoon session of competition at the 55th-annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., on Friday, April 19. Senior Uzor Udensi (200-meter dash) and junior Jalen Fooster (hammer throw) debuted on the program's all-time list, while five others accounted for season-best marks.
Udensi recorded a career-best time of 21.30 in the 200-meter dash to debut in fifth on the program's all-time list, while Fooster improved his personal distance in the hammer throw by over three feet (188'8") to enter the Academy record book with the ninth-best throw in program history. The pair also claimed top-10 finishes in their respective events, as Udensi placed 10th in the 55-runner sprint and Fooster finished eighth in a field of 26 throwers.
They were two of three Falcons to account for personal-best marks at Hilmer Lodge Stadium, as senior James Chambers recorded a career-best distance of 54'0" to finish ninth in the shot put. That was one of two events for Chambers today, as he also finished 12th in the discus throw with a mark of 170'10".
Junior Kassie Gurnell won the triple jump title for the fifth time in six meets behind a season-best distance of 41'2¼". Classmate Alex Lindsay used a season-best time of 1:50.54 to finish seventh among 75 runners in the 800-meter run, while senior Anthony Delgado clocked a season-best 48.34 to place 24th in the 400-meter dash. Fellow senior Zach Wood matched his best high jump clearance of the year to take 10th with a height of 6'8¾".
Gurnell was one of two Falcons to claim first-place finishes in the afternoon session, as senior Rob Simmons won the "C" section of the pole vault with a clearance of 16'10¾". Junior Cort Rogers added a 10th-place clearance of 15'5" in the "C" section, while freshman Dylan Bell took sixth in the "B" section with a height of 16'4¾".
BRYAN CLAY INVITATIONAL
In addition to the Falcons that competed at Mt. SAC this afternoon, two Air Force runners competed in the 1500-meter run at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa. Sophomore Zach Perkins recorded a personal-best time of 3:45.54 to place seventh in the 116-runner race, while junior Jake Hawkins finished ninth with a career-best time of 3:46.27. Perkins' time, a personal improvement of a half-second, is the eighth-fastest time in Academy history.
Action at the Mt. SAC Relays continues late tonight with several sections of the 5,000-meter run. The majority of the Falcons' traveling party close out a busy week of competition in California tomorrow (April 20) at the Beach Invitational in Cerritos.