April 26, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - The men's 4x800-meter relay team recorded the second-fastest time in Academy history this evening (April 26), as members of the Air Force track and field team concluded the second day of competition at the 104th Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
Crossing the finish line in a combined time of 7:35.07, the quartet of senior Ted Artz, sophomore Zach Perkins, freshman Patrick Corona and freshman Grant Caswell moved into second on the program's all-time list with a time that placed eighth in the "university" division. The incursion, anchored by Caswell's 1:52.2, marked just the second time since 1990 that a squad has impacted the Academy's top-three standings in the 4x800-meter relay.
Perkins also ran on the distance medley relay team that finished second (9:47.19) among 15 teams in the "Jim Wheelock University" division. Joined by junior Jake Hawkins, senior Anthony Delgado and junior Alex Lindsay, Perkins used a strong anchor to move the Falcons from fifth to second at the finish line, while bettering the third-place team by three seconds.
Delgado's participation in the DMR, which included a 400-meter split of 47.6, came just 17 minutes after he ran on the Falcons' 4x100-meter relay team that finished eighth in the preliminary trials. The quartet of Delgado, senior Uzor Udensi, sophomore Jake Spuller and junior David Ptacek combined for a time of 41.20, which originally fell just 0.02 seconds shy of advancing to the finals. However, a disqualification by Purdue moved Air Force into tomorrow's finals.
In addition to their part in the 4x100-meter relay, Spuller and Udensi also finished 15th (11.08) and 18th (11.15), respectively, in the 100-meter dash, running into a strong headwind.
Air Force athletes also compete in two field events today at Drake Stadium. Sophomore Joey Uhle finished third in the pole vault with a clearance of 17'4½", while junior Tim Urista recorded an eighth-place mark distance of 198'5" in the javelin throw. Uhle's height in the pole vault marked the best clearance of the day in the "university/college" division, with ties broken by missed attempts.
The Falcons conclude competition at the Drake Relays tomorrow (April 27) with four field events and two relays. Action begins for Air Force at 9 a.m. (CST) with the men's discus.