May 1, 2010
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Backed by 12 first-place finishes, the Air Force track and field team finished second at the third annual Front Range Classic on Saturday, May 1, in Fort Collins, Colo. In all, the Falcons combined for 46 top-five scores, six meet records and six incursions into the Academy's all-time record book.
Senior Sara Neubauer paced the Falcons with a pair of first-place finishes. The senior won the shot put (54'3¼") and discus throw (174'2") titles with meet record performances, while finishing third in the hammer throw (174'5"). Neubauer's toss in the discus is a career-best and the second-best throw in Academy history.
Like Neubauer, sophomore Manuel Smith was a part of two meet titles. In addition to winning the 400-meter dash in a time of 48.02, Smith ran the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay that finished first in a meet record time of 3:13.31. Joining Smith on the relay squad was junior Tyler Stanley, senior Bryant Davis and junior Chris Severino. Severino finished second to Smith in the 400-meter dash (48.15) and was the top scoring Falcon in the 200-meter dash, as he placed fourth in 22.15.
Sophomore Bryce Bergman won the 400-meter hurdles in a meet record time of 52.13, pacing Air Force to three of the top five spots. Behind Bergman's finish, Davis and freshman Justin Manchester finished fourth (53.80) and fifth (54.03), respectively. Bergman also earned a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 14.59.
Air Force claimed the top three spots in the 800-meter run. The squad was led by Stanley, who won the race in a career-best time of 1:50.43. With an altitude-converted time of 1:49.73, Stanley moved into fourth on the program's all-time list. Sophomore Nick White finished second (1:53.17), while classmate Alex Zubey took third (1:54.67).
The Falcons also claimed numerous top-five spots in the javelin. Junior Jon Santiago won the event title with a throw of 186'5", while freshman Wyatt Warnick took second behind a career-best toss of 176'8". Fellow freshman Michael Tibbs placed fifth with a throw of 154'5".
Senior Zach Nordahl won the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:26.16, while sophomore Ryan Del Grosso placed fifth in 10:16.58. Also from the track, freshman Jeremy Drenckhahn finished third in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:53.28, while senior Andy Schweitzer clocked a time of 4:03.09 to finish fourth in the 1500-meter run.
Sophomore Robert Drye rounded out the men's event winners, as he threw a 187'1" to win the hammer throw. Drye also placed fourth in the shot put with a toss of 522'8¼". Classmate Kyle Schwochow finished third in that event with a career-best distance of 54'2¾" and moved into ninth on the program's all-time list.
Freshman Cale Simmons tied the meet record on the pole vault with a career-best clearance of 16'3¼", finishing second based on attempts. Simmons' twin brother, Rob, finished third at 15'9¼", while fellow freshman Matt Cooper took fifth with a height of 14'3½". Classmate Travis Smith paced the Falcons with a fourth-place mark of 6'2" in the high jump.
Back on the women's side, freshman Morgan Mosby set a meet record time of 2:15.32 to win the 800-meter race and move into ninth on the Academy's all-time list (altitude adjusted time of 2:14.50).
Air Force earned additional top-five finishes on the track from senior Danielle McCarty (400-meter hurdles, 64.04, fifth), junior Katherine Ward (3000-meter run, 10:35.54, fifth), sophomore Tawny Lambuth (100-meter dash, 12.54, fourth), senior Katie Anderson (1500-meter run, 4:57.52, third) and freshman Jen Bremser (3000-meter steeplechase, 12:16.87, second).
Freshman Bethany Gross clocked a career-best time of 25.09 to take third in the 200-meter dash, moving into fourth on the program's all-time list and breaking the program's 25-year-old Freshman Class Record in that event. In addition to her stellar run on the 200-meter course, Gross also placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 17'11".
Sophomore Kimber Shealy won the pole vault (12'4") and led Air Force to a dominate claim of the top spots. Lambuth cleared 11'10" to take second, while freshmen Bizzy Mellado and Pia Goodman finished fourth (10'10¼") and fifth (10'4¼"), respectively.
Rounding out the Falcons' first-place finishers was senior Katie Weber, who won the javelin throw with a toss of 142'1". Sophomore Paige Blackburn, who finished fourth in the shot put (42'11¾") behind Neubauer, was the runner-up in the javelin, as she recorded a distance of 123'5".
With a career-best shot put distance of 40'9", sophomore Rachel Gebauer moved into ninth on the program's all-time, as she finished fifth this afternoon behind teammates Neubauer and Blackburn. Freshman Loren Van Rassen placed fifth in the high jump with a career-best clearance of 5'2¼", while junior Cresha White earned the same placement in the long jump (17'4¼").
Air Force finished second to Colorado State in both the men's and women's competitions.
Colorado State won its first men's title with 184 points, while the Falcons finished second with 170. Wyoming (148) placed third, while Northern Colorado (60) and Colorado (23) rounded out the field. On the women's side, Colorado State tallied 195 points to win its third straight title. Air Force earned 145 points to edge out Wyoming (144) by one point. Northern Colorado (65) and Colorado (14) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Falcons are off from team competition until May 12-15, when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2010 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.