April 27, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - With two individual additions to the Academy's all-time standings, senior James Chambers paced the Air Force track and field team at the Jack Christiansen Invitational on Saturday, April 27. Highlighted by the third-best discus throw in Air Force history, Chambers was one of four Falcons to impact the program record book in Fort Collins.
With a toss of 180'1", Chambers improved his personal distance in the discus throw by six feet to debut in third on the program's all-time list. In addition to becoming just the third Falcon to surpass the 180-foot mark in the discus, Chambers was the top collegiate finisher and finished fourth overall. That throw came one event after the senior also debuted in ninth on the program's all-time standings in the shot put, behind a third-place toss of 54'5½".
Chambers was one of three Falcons to score for Air Force in both the discus throw and shot put. Junior Nate Bratka and freshman Grant Hamilton finished seventh (171'8") and eighth (171'3"), respectively, with Hamilton adding over one foot to the Freshman Class Record he set last week. Hamilton also scored in the shot put, as he and senior Shane Cox placed sixth (53'0¾") and eighth (49'2½"), respectively.
The women's shot put also received an improvement today, as sophomore Danielle Tabb improved her fourth-place standing on the Academy's all-time list with a career-best throw of 47'11¼". Tabb finished third in the women's field, while senior Katy Moorkamp took seventh with a career-best distance of 41'9¼". Moorkamp added a scoring finish in the discus throw to her day, placing seventh with a distance of 129'5". Junior Becca Bauman finished fifth in that event with a career-best toss of 146'5".
The final improvement to the program record book came from junior Paige Shirley, who became the eighth pole vaulter in Academy history to clear the 12-foot bar in outdoor competition. Using a career-best clearance of 12'2½", Shirley won the women's competition and moved into seventh on the program's all-time list.
Classmate Libby Westfall and freshman Morgan Horn also scored for the women in the pole vault, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, with matching clearances of 10'8¾" (career-best for Horn). Junior Cort Rogers, the only member of the men's team competing in the pole vault today, completed the Falcons' sweep of PV titles, using a height of 16'4¾" to win the men's event by more than two feet.
Sophomore Nikki Freeman won her fifth javelin title of the season with a toss of 134'3", while freshman Jacki French and junior Kim Smith finished fifth (career-best 124'11") and sixth (123'1"), respectively. Freshman Garrett Griffin accounted for a second-place finish in the men's javelin (197'7"), while senior Michael Tibbs finished fourth with a season-best toss of 180'10".
The Falcons also earned multiple scoring (top-eight) finishes in both the men's and women's high jump. On the men's side, senior Zach Wood cleared 6'7" to finish fourth and Tibbs placed eighth with a season-best 6'3¼", while junior Rachel Herald and senior Lesly Torres finished third (5'6") and fifth (5'4¼"), respectively, for the women.
Sophomore Blue Kearney finished sixth in the long jump (23'0½") and seventh in the triple jump (45'7") for the men, while Torres and freshman Angelea Ross scored for the women. Torres recorded a long jump distance of 17'1½" to take eighth, while Ross finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 38'10½".
Sophomore Morgan Malone paced all Air Force runners at Colorado State, as she accounted for a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.07, wind-aided). The sophomore also collected a top-five time in the 100-meter dash, as she clocked 12.19 (wind-aided) to finish fifth.
The women earned multiple scoring placements in the 1500-meter run, as sophomore Rebecca Esselstein and freshman Hannah Everson finished fifth (4:42.77) and eighth (4:45.82), respectively. Sophomore Erica Carson finished sixth for the women in the 400-meter dash (career-best 58.06), while junior Regan Rogers placed eighth in the 400-meter hurdles (70.84).
The men accounted for four scoring finishes on the track, paced by a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash from junior Josh Nielsen (50.52). In addition to his individual scoring finish, Nielsen also ran on the 4x400-meter relay that finished sixth in 3:23.93 (junior Dan Bieber, sophomore Siotame Latu, freshman Joe Wilkin). Eighth-place finishes from freshmen Sean Bapty (3000-meter steeplechase, 10:31.07 debut) and Daniel Shellhouse (5000-meter run, 16:28.72) rounded out the scoring placements for Air Force.
The men finished third in the team standings with 65.50 points, while the women took fourth with 85 points. In the meet's combined standings, which included unattached athletes and running clubs, the split-squad Air Force team tallied 150.50 points to finish fourth among 17 squads.
The Falcons close out the regular season next Friday (May 3), when they host the Air Force Twilight Open at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. Action begins at 1:30 p.m., with the men's discus and women's hammer throw.