EUGENE, Ore. -- Air Force junior Jaci Smith captured first-team All-America honors this evening (June 7) after finishing eighth in the 10,000-meter run at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field.
Smith made her way into the front of the 24-runner field right from the gun -- and remained in the quick, lead pack of 10 as it separated itself from the field. While a small contingent of the frontrunners pulled away with 12 laps remaining, the junior found herself running alone, but moved into first-team contention during the final laps and crossed the finish line in eight with a time of 33:14.00.
Junior Kathryn Tomczak cleared 13'1½" to finish 21st in the pole vault, while senior Carina Gillespie, running In the Falcons' only semifinal of the day, posted a time of 4:21.28 to earn the same placement in the 1500-meter run. Tomczak entered the competition on the opening bar and cleared 13'1½" on her second attempt. The junior, making her second appearance at the outdoor championship, exited the competition after three misses at 13'7½". Gillespie, in her first national appearance, finished 11th in her heat, en route to the No. 21 placement in the overall semifinal standings.
Air Force concludes the 2018 collegiate season on Saturday, June 9, when senior Shelley Spires competes in the national finals of the high jump at 3:00 p.m. (PST).