April 25, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa - Senior Annette Eichenberger clocked the program's fastest Division I time in the 800-meter run during the second day of action at the 105th Drake Relays on Friday, April 25. With a runner-up finish in that event, Eichenberger paced the Falcons at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
With a career-best time of 2:04.52, Eichenberger clocked the second-fastest time in Academy history, and the fastest time by a Division I runner at the Academy, en route to a runner-up finish. The senior, who subtracted over two seconds from her own previous time, cut nearly two seconds from the previous DI-best time that had stood since 2010.
Sophomore Joey Wilkin also competed in an individual race today, placing 20th in the preliminary round of the 110-meter hurdles. Wilkin recorded his second-fastest "legal wind" time of the season at 14.67 - a mark that is just 0.03 shy of his career best.
The 4x400-meter quartet of seniors Josh Nielsen and David Ptacek, sophomore Jordan McCool and junior Jake Spuller recorded the team's second-fastest time of the season (3:15.59) to finish 23rd, while Spuller and Ptacek joined junior Blue Kearney and freshman Zach Johnson on the 4x100-meter relay that finished 24th in a time of 41.76
The men also competed in a pair of non-traditional relays this evening on Drake's Blue Oval. Spuller, Johnson, Nielsen and Ptacek combined on the 4x200-meter relay that finished 10th in a season-best time of 1:26.50, while senior Charlie Perkins, sophomore Stone Shoaf, freshman Grant Garst and classmate Jason Engel finished 11th in the 4x800-meter relay with season-debut of 7:49.44.
Several Falcons competed in field events at the Drake Relays, including Kearney, who placed sixth in the long jump with a distance of 24'7¼" - a mark that is just a half inch shy of his own Academy record. Seniors Rachel Herald and Cort Rogers added top-10 finishes from the field, placing ninth in the high jump (5'7¾") and pole vault (16'10¾"), respectively. Freshman Cydnee Reese placed 14th in the discus throw with a toss of 140'7", while classmate Taylor Hulslander finished 17th in the javelin with a 185'11".
A select number of Falcons conclude action at the Drake Relays tomorrow (Saturday, April 26), while the rest of the squad travels to Fort Collins, Colo., for the Jack Christiansen Invitational.