Kassie Gurnell Breaks Own Academy Triple Jump Record
April 20, 2012
WALNUT, Calif. - With a career-best mark of 42'3½", Air Force sophomore Kassie Gurnell broke her own Academy record in the triple jump at the 54th Mt. SAC Relays on Friday, April 20. Improving her distance by nearly two feet, Gurnell finished first in the 17-competitor event.
Gurnell added almost two feet to her previous Academy outdoor record, en route to becoming the first female to clear the 42-foot mark in either the indoor or outdoor seasons. She also added nearly one foot to the program's Sophomore Class Record that she set during the indoor season.
Several other Falcons accounted for season-best marks during the second day of competition at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.
The quartet of sophomore Michael Craig, junior Anthony Delgado, freshman Jake Spuller and junior Uzor Udensi shaved 0.350 seconds off of their previous season-best 4x100-meter time to finish seventh in 41.30. Individually, Delgado also posted a season-best time of 21.73 in the 200-meter dash (32nd), finishing just 0.01 off of his career-high time. Senior James Cole recorded a season-best distance of 177'3" to finish 21st in the discus throw, while classmate Manny Smith clocked a season-best time of 48.32 to finish 29th in the 400-meter dash.
Smith, Craig, Spuller and Delgado also competed in the 4x400-meter dash, finishing 15th with a time of 3:15.52.
In addition to Gurnell, three Falcons placed within the top 10 of their respective field events. Senior Paige Blackburn placed fourth in the women's javelin ... and second amongst collegiate competitors ... with a toss of 159'7", while sophomore Tim Urista placed eighth in the men's event behind a toss of 196'9" and freshman Joey Uhle cleared 16'2¾" to place ninth in the pole vault.
Freshman Kobi Rex cleared 6'8" on the high bar to finish 12th, while senior Kimber Shealy cleared 12'7½" to finish 13th in the "A" section of the women's pole vault. Classmate Tawny Lambuth and freshman Wren Bonner cleared matching marks of 12'5½" in the pole vault's "B" section to finish fifth and ninth, respectively, based on attempts. That height is a career-best for Bonner and the sixth-best clearance in Academy history. Junior Bizzy Mellado also competed in the pole vault, placing 13th in the "C" section with a height of 11'7¾".
Action is still on-going at the Mt. SAC Relays, as a pair of Falcons will participate in various sections of the 5000-meter run later this evening. Two additional athletes will return to Mt. SAC tomorrow for the final day of competition, while the rest of the Air Force squad travels to Cerritos, Calif., for the Beach Invitational.