The Air Force track and field team returns to action this weekend, when they travel to Boulder, Colo., for the Potts Indoor Invitational. The two-day meet begins with select field events on Friday, Jan. 12, and continues with the running events on Saturday, Jan. 13.
The Potts Invitational will be held at Colorado’s Indoor Practice Facility, which is located on the east side of Folsom Field (please note that the weight throw will take place inside Balch Fieldhouse). Four events – weight throw, high jump, long jump and pole vault – will be held on Friday, while the remainder of the field events and all running events will take place on Saturday (a complete schedule of events is listed below). Admission is $8 for adults and free for children 12-and-under. The dual-scored meet will feature athletes from Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Wyoming. Live results are schedule to be available via CUBuffs.com, while in-meet updates will be posted on the Falcons’ official Twitter account (@af_trackfield).
FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
3:00 p.m.: Men’s Weight Throw, Women’s Weight Throw; 3:00 p.m.: Men’s High Jump, Women’s High Jump; 3:00 p.m.: Women’s Long Jump, Men’s Long Jump; 3:00 p.m.: Women’s Pole Vault, Men’s Pole Vault
SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10:00 a.m.: Men’s Shot Put, Women’s Shot Put; 10:00 a.m.: Women’s Triple Jump, Men’s Triple Jump; 1:00 p.m.: 60-Meter Hurdles (prelim), 60-Meter Dash (prelim), Mile Run, 60-Meter Hurdles, 400-Meter Dash, 60-Meter Dash, 800-Meter Run, 200-Meter Dash, 3000-Meter Run, 4x400-Meter Relay (men will compete first in all running events).
WOMEN EARN HIGHEST PRESEASON RANKING
The women earned their highest preseason placement in program history on Jan. 10, as they entered the 2018 season listed 42nd out of 132 teams in the USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings. That placement bettered the previous best by 63 spots and marks the first time they have ever been listed in the top 100. The men were ranked 40th in the preseason standings, marking the seventh time in eight years that they have earned a top-40 preseason spot.
LOOKING AT THE NATIONAL LANDSCAPE
Highlighted by a three athletes ranked among the nation’s top three in their respective events, the Falcons have seven athletes listed in the top-25. John Reynolds is currently ranked second with his season-opening triple jump mark of 51’5¾”, while Shelley Spires and Kathryn Tomczak are ranked third in the high jump (5’10¾”) and pole vault (13’9¼”), respectively. Justin Harmon, Sam Hinegardner and Connor Stevens are all tied for 16th in the pole vault with matching clearances of 16’6¾”, while Micah Fontaine is listed 24th in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.09.
The Falcons return to the Academy next week, when they host the Air Force Combined Events on Jan. 18-19 and welcome BYU, Colorado State and Wichita State to the Cadet Field House for the annual Air Force Challenge on Jan. 19.