June 25, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Three athletes with ties to the Air Force track and field team concluded competition this evening (June 25) at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. The trio of Falcons, including one current member, competed in the steeplechase and pole vault at Historic Hayward Field.
Justin Tyner, a 2011 graduate of the Academy, placed 22nd in the qualifying round of the 3000-meter steeplechase. Clocking a time of 8:53.92, Tyner placed 11th in the second heat and 22nd overall. Reebok's Daniel Huling, who competed in Tyner's heat, won the preliminary round with a time of 8:29-flat. The top five finishers from each of the two heats qualified to the final round, while the next four advanced on time (14 total)
In the qualifying round of competition in the pole vault, rising senior Cale Simmons and 2010 graduate Nick Frawley both `no-heighted' the opening bar of 17'4½". Competing under cool, rainy conditions, only seven of the 24 vaulters cleared the opening height (with five other passing on that mark). Nike's Mark Hollis led the group of 11 qualifiers, after clearing the 17'8½" bar on his first attempt.
Competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials continues on Thursday, June 28, following two `rest' days. Volunteer coach Jenny Simpson will compete in the qualifying round of the 1500-meter run that day, while Academy graduates Paige Blackburn (Class of 2012) and Dana Pounds-Lyon (Class of 2006) will participate in the javelin throw qualifying round on Friday, June 29.