May 23, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Air Force senior Morgan Mosby crushed her own Academy record in the 1500-meter run this evening (May 23), as 11 members of the Falcons' track and field team opened competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (West Preliminary) in Austin, Texas.
Mosby cut nearly four seconds from her previous Academy-record time, as she crossed the finish line in 4:19.86 to place fourth in her heat and earn an automatic spot in the quarterfinal round, which will be held on Saturday, May 25. As one of just four runners to break the 4:20 mark, Mosby's time was ranked fourth among all 48 runners competing in the first round of that event.
The senior was one of two Falcons to earn automatic berths into Saturday's 1500-meter quarterfinal round, as sophomore Zach Perkins advanced out of the men's first-round race. Perkins, the 2013 Mountain West champion in the 1500, earned a direct spot into the quarterfinals, as he placed second in his heat with a time of 3:48.80.
Junior Annette Eichenberger earned an at-large berth into the quarterfinal round of competition for the 800-meter run, which will be held tomorrow (May 24) night. With a time of 2:07.99, Eichenberger finished fifth in her heat, but advanced to the second round based on time, as she finished third among the race's non-automatic qualifiers.
Several other Falcons competed in those first-round races today at Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium. Junior Jake Hawkins and senior Melissa Fuerst joined Perkins and Mosby in their respective races of the 1500-meter opening round. Hawkins placed 34th in the men's race with a time of 3:52.96, while Fuerst finished 42nd in the women's event with a time of 4:38.52. In addition, junior Alex Lindsay competed in the first round of the men's 800-meter run, placing 33rd with a time of 1:50.79.
Seniors Matt Bell and Jeremy Drenckhahn placed 26th (31:06.36) and 38th (32:03.65), respectively, in the the 10,000-meter run, which was being contested as a national semifinal.
Like the 10K, the meet's field events were also contested as a national semifinal competition. Senior James Chambers recorded a distance of 173'8" to take 24th in the discus throw, while sophomore Kobi Rex collected a clearance of 6'9½" to finish 33rd in the high jump.
Air Force returns to action at the West Prelim tomorrow (May 24) with six more events, including the national semifinals of the women's pole vault, men's hammer throw and men's shot put. The quarterfinal rounds of the women's 800-meter run and 3000-meter steeplechase will also be contested, as well as the opening round of the men's 200-meter dash.