May 26, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - The Air Force track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the West Preliminary of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on a rainy Thursday (May 26) in Eugene, Ore. Nine members of the Falcons' program competed in four field events and two running events.
Freshman Tim Urista threw a 205'9" to finish 22nd in the javelin throw. In his first national meet, the freshman cleared the 200-foot mark on all three attempts of the national semifinals (203'7" and 201'2"). Senior Conner Van Fossen closed out his impressive Air Force career with a 31st-place finish. The recently-commissioned second lieutenant tossed his best throw of the day - 196'2" - on his first attempt, before adding marks of 188'8" and 195'3". Freshman Mike Lauritzen rounded out the Air Force contingent with a 41st-place finish of 181'4". He posted that on his first attempt of the trials, before fouling his next two throws.
Sophomore Cale Simmons tied for 16th in the pole vault with a clearance of 16'10¾". His clearance was the second-highest of the competition, as the winning clearance was 17'0¾". Simmons entered the competition at 16'6¾" and cleared his third attempt at that height. He advanced on his third attempt at the 16'10¾" bar, but rain caused a delay in competition before the bar was raised to 17'0¾". Classmate Rob Simmons also participated in the pole vault, but was unable to clear his opening height of 16'0¾".
Junior Bryce Bergman participated in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles, placing 33rd in the opening round with a time of 52.85. Senior Tyler Stanley, who was also commissioned yesterday during the Academy's graduation, closed out his Air Force career with a 36th-place finish in the 800-meter run. Stanley clocked a time of 1:51.88 to finish fifth in the first heat of runners.
Two other Falcons also participated in today's competition. Junior Paige Blackburn competed in the javelin throw, but fouled off all three attempts of the trial round, while classmate Kyle Schwochow recorded three foul marks in the trials of the shot put.
Action at the West Preliminary of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships continues tomorrow (May 27) at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.