May 3, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Four improvements were made to the women's record book this afternoon (Friday, May 3), as the Air Force track and field team wrapped up the regular season hosting the AF Twilight Open at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex.
Sophomore Danielle Tabb used a career-best distance of 48'4¾" to win the shot put and move into third on the program's all-time standings, while junior Becca Bauman made a three-foot personal improvement in the hammer throw to win that event and take over seventh on the program's top-10 list.
On the track, senior Melissa Fuerst and sophomore Morgan Malone recorded career-best times to improve their current standing on the Academy's top-10. Fuerst, who won the 1500-meter run in 4:36.17, used an altitude-converted time of 4:25.89 to improve her third-place standing on the program's all-time list, while Malone clocked 12.30 to finish as the top collegiate in the 100-meter dash (third overall) and improve her sixth-place standing on the all-time list by 0.05.
Malone also picked up a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash, clocking her fastest wind-aided time of the season (24.96), while Bauman earned an additional first-place finish in the discus throw (142'3").
Four other members of the women's team collected first-place finishes this evening. Sophomore Sierra Schepper, who clocked a career-best 68.03 in a time-trial of the 400-meter hurdles, won the 100-meter hurdles in a wind-aided time of 14.83. Classmate Taylor Drolshagen won her collegiate debut in the 800-meter run (2:23.94), while senior Bethany Gross clocked a season-best 57.36 to win the 400-meter dash. Fellow senior Bizzy Mellado cleared 12'6¼" to win the pole vault, which used a jump-off to determine the final standings.
On the men's side, three freshmen - Grant Caswell (800-meter run, 1:55.26), Patrick Corona (1500-meter run, 3:58.21) and Jordan McCool (400-meter hurdles, 54.21) - used career-best times to win their respective events. Junior Josh Nielsen won the 400-meter dash in a personal-best time of 49.08, while classmate Isaiah Bragg took first in the 3000-meter run with a debut time of 8:44.45.
From the field, senior Zach Wood won the high jump with a season-best clearance of 6'9", while classmates Rob Simmons and Paul Rishel won the pole vault (16'9½") and javelin throw (186'1"), respectively. Sophomore Blue Kearney rounded out the Falcons' event winners with a winning wind-aided jump of 22'7¾" in the long jump.
The Falcons return to action next week, when they travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2013 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Action at UNLV's Myron Partridge Stadium begins on Wednesday, May 8, with the opening events of the decathlon and heptathlon.