May 25, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Five members of the Air Force track and field team endured over six hours of weather delays to wrap up the second day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (West Preliminary) on Friday, May 24, in Austin, Texas.
Senior Bizzy Mellado, in her first appearance in the national semifinals, was the lone Falcon to compete on both sides of the weather delay, as the entirety of the women's pole vault competition spanned nearly 11 hours. When the competition began at 1 p.m. (CST), Mellado cleared the opening height of 12'2" on her first attempt. Her next vault came over seven hours later, when she was one of 16 vaulters to go out at the 12'8" clearance.
Like Mellado, freshman Grant Hamilton made his collegiate debut in the national semifinal round, as he tossed a distance of 53'1" to place 39th in the shot put. Hamilton fouled on his first two chances, but recorded the fair throw on his final attempt to finish seventh in his flight.
In the opening round of the 200-meter dash, senior Uzor Udensi clocked the second-fastest time of his career (21.45) to finish 28th in the 48-runner field ... missing a spot in the quarterfinal round by just 0.04 seconds.
With a time of 2:08.63, junior Annette Eichenberger placed 21st in the quarterfinals of the 800-meter run, while senior Jen Bremser finished 46th in the 3000-meter steeplechase quarterfinal with a time of 10:59.55.
The weather delay forced the national semifinals of the men's hammer throw to be postponed until tomorrow (May 25), so senior Brian Ford and junior Jalen Fooster will kick off the final day of preliminary action for Air Force at 10 a.m. (CST).