Falcons Conclude Regular Season with Twilight Open
May 9, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Five improvements to the Academy record book highlighted the regular-season finale for the Air Force track and field team this afternoon (May 9) at the Cadet Outdoor Complex. Backed by the Academy's second-best mark in the women's shot put, the Falcons accounted for 18 first-place finishes during their third-annual Twilight Open.
Junior Danielle Tabb became just the second member of the women's program to break the 50-foot mark in the shot put, as she won that event with a career-best throw of 51'11". The mark, a personal improvement of over three feet, vaulted Tabb into second on the Academy's all-time list. The junior was one of two Falcons to impact the record book in the shot put, as sophomore Katelyn Holland used the eighth-best toss in Academy history (44'11¾") to finish second.
Freshman Alexa Chacon clocked a personal-best time of 14.48 - the fourth-best time in Academy history - to finish as the top collegian (second overall) in the 100-meter hurdles, while classmate Cydnee Reese matched her career high of 157'10" - which is already ranked fifth in the program standings - to win the discus throw.
On the men's side, sophomore Patrick Corona clocked a time of 3:53.72 to win the 1500-meter run and debut in eighth on the program's all-time list once his time was converted for altitude to 3:45.02.
Tabb, Chacon and Corona all helped the Falcons to an Air Force sweep of the event titles in those events, as sophomore Grant Hamilton won the men's shot put with a distance of 58'1¼", classmate Hannah Everson captured the women's 1500-meter title in a time of 4:59.49, and fellow sophomore Joey Wilkin won the 110-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 14.31.
Air Force claimed a sweep of the men's and women's titles in five additional events, including a second sweep backed by Chacon. The freshman won the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 65.94, while sophomore Jordan McCool won the men's event in a career-best time of 53.32. The Falcons also claimed both titles in the flat 400-meter event, as freshman Stephanie Robb (career-best 58.17) and senior Josh Nielsen (49.38) won their respective races. Freshman Samantha Skold (debut 11:11.70) and sophomore Dan Caddigan (9:03.86) took first in the two 3000-meter races, while Air Force claimed event titles in the high jump (Taylor Smith at 6'6¾" and Rachel Herald at 5'7¼") and javelin throw (Garrett Griffin at 197'9" and Kim Smith at season-best 140'9") from the field.
Sophomore Angelea Ross won the triple jump with a distance of 38'0", while juniors Joey Uhle and Blue Kearney took first in the pole vault (16'1¾") and long jump (24'3¾"), respectively. On the track, fellow junior Morgan Malone won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.30 (-2.0 wind) and senior Matthieu Caldwell finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.00.
Junior Jake Spuller was the top collegiate finisher in the 200-meter dash, fighting a -6.5 headwind to place second overall (22.32), while freshman Zach Johnson was the top collegiate sprinter in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.08 (fourth overall).
Air Force returns to action next week, when it travels to Laramie, Wyo., for the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Championships. Action begins on Wednesday, May 14, with the heptathlon and the decathlon, and continues through Saturday, May 17, at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.