April 20, 2013
NORWALK, Calif. - Members of the Air Force track and field team made five additions to the Academy record book during competition at the Beach Invitational on Saturday, April 20. Competing at Falcon Stadium on the campus of Cerritos College, two men and three women impacted the program's all-time standings.
Grant Hamilton broke the Academy's 36-year-old Freshman Class Record in the shot put by nearly two feet, as he recorded a career-best distance of 56'1" to finish sixth. Hamilton, who recorded the class record in the discus throw one week earlier, improved his distance in the shot by nearly five feet to move into fourth on the program's all-time list.
Senior Rob Simmons also impacted the men's record book at the Beach Invitational, as he improved his 10th-place standing on the Academy's all-time pole vault list. Clearing 16'11½", Simmons was the top collegiate finisher and placed second in the 54-vaulter event.
On the women's side, senior Melissa Fuerst recorded the third-fastest 1500-meter time in Academy history, as she crossed the finish line in a career-best 4:25.94. Fuerst, who finished second among collegiate runners and sixth overall in the "invitational" race, became the third Falcon since Thursday to impact the program's top-six in the 1500-meter run.
Freshman Angelea Ross moved into fourth in the program's triple jump standings, as she recorded a career-best distance of 39'4½" to finish seventh in the field of 35, while sophomore Morgan Malone improved her sixth-place standing of the 200-meter dash all-time list with a finish of 25.32.
The quartet of senior Uzor Udensi, senior Anthony Delgado, sophomore Jake Spuller and junior David Ptacek won the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 40.87. Following a second-place finish in the same race at the Mt. SAC Relays in nearby Walnut, Calif., Delgado returned to the Beach Invitational and clocked a season-best time of 22.08 to take 22nd in the 94-runner 200-meter dash.
Freshman Joe Wilkin accounted for a career-best time of 14.78 in the 110-meter hurdles to finish 16th out of 67 runners, while also cutting one second off of his previous best time in the 400-meter hurdles (56.26). Sophomore Blue Kearney, who also accounted for a season-best 46'1¼" in the triple jump, earned a top-10 finish in the long jump (eighth) with a wind-aided distance of 23'9".
Seniors Travis Smith and James Chambers picked up top-15 finishes for the men's team on Saturday, as Smith cleared 6'5" to place ninth in the high jump and Chambers tossed a 170'0" to take 12th in the discus throw.
On the women's side, junior Kassie Gurnell finished fourth in the triple jump (39'10"), while junior Annette Eichenberger and senior Morgan Mosby placed sixth (2:08.17) and 10th (2:09.73), respectively, in the 800-meter run. Junior Rachel Herald finished 10th in the high jump with a mark of 5'4½", while senior Bizzy Mellado cleared 12'4½" to finish 11th in the pole vault. Malone and Gurnell joined senior Bethany Gross and freshman Naomi Alston on the 4x100-meter relay that finished 15th in a time of 48.43.
The Falcons return to action over the April 26-27 weekend, splitting squads for the Drake Relays (Des Moines, Iowa) and Jack Christiansen Invitational (Fort Collins, Colo.).