Jan. 11, 2012
The Air Force track and field team returns to action this week, when it hosts the Air Force All-Comers Meet on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Academy's Cadet Field House. Action begins at 2 p.m., with the women's weight throw. Admission is free for all track and field meets.
The Air Force All-Comers Meet gets underway at 2 p.m., with the first of four throwing events. The men's pole vault, men's and women's long jump and women's high jump are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., with the women's pole vault, men's and women's triple jump and men's high jump immediately following. The running events, which will be held on a rolling schedule, will start at 4 p.m., with the women's mile run.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (FIELD)
2:00 p.m.: Women's Weight Throw, Men's Weight Throw, Women's Shot Put, Men's Shot Put; 3:00 p.m.: Men's Pole Vault, Women's Pole Vault; 3:00 p.m.: Men's Long Jump, Men's Triple Jump; 3:00 p.m.: Women's Long Jump, Men's Long Jump; 3:00 p.m.: Women's High Jump, Men's High Jump
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (TRACK)
4:00 p.m.: Women's Mile Run, Men's Mile Run, Women's 60-Meter Hurdles, 60-Meter Men's Hurdles, Women's 400-Meter Dash, Men's 400-Meter Dash, Women's 60-Meter Dash, Men's 60-Meter Dash, Women's 800-Meter Run, Men's 800-Meter Run, Women's 200-Meter Dash, Men's 200-Meter Dash, Women's 3000-Meter Run, Men's 3000-Meter Run, Women's Mile Relay, Men's Mile Relay
FALCONS PACE CONFERENCE IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
The men's track and field team was ranked 39th in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Rankings. The Falcons lead the Mountain West, ranking ahead of Boise State (45th), New Mexico (53rd), TCU (85th), Wyoming (119th) and Colorado State (unranked). The men are also the top-ranked service academy and the highest ranked program among Division I programs in the state of Colorado.
A LOCAL FLAVOR
The Falcons have 15 athletes that hail from the state of Colorado, including five - junior Jen Bremser (Sand Creek HS), freshman Kobi Rex (Lewis Palmer HS), senior Rachel Thomas (Falcon HS), sophomore Libby Westfall (Pine Creek HS) and senior Nick White (Falcon HS) - that are from the Colorado Springs area.
SIMMONS CLAIMS INAUGURAL 2011-12 MW HONOR
Rob Simmons earned the Mountain West's first Athlete of the Week award of the season on Dec. 13, after using a career-best 17'8½" to earn the top collegiate finish at the Blue and Silver Open on Dec. 9. Simmons, who improved his personal clearance by eight inches, tied for the top overall spot.
SETTING THE STANDARD
By clearing 17'8½" during the Blue and Silver Open, Rob Simmons is tied for the national lead in the pole vault.
"LES" IS MORE
Lesly Torres made two additions to the program's top-10 record book during the season-opening meet on Dec. 9. The junior moved from seventh to fourth in the Academy's all-time high jump, while debuting in ninth on the 60-meter hurdles list. Torres cleared a career-best 5'7" to finish second in the high jump, while clocking a career-best time of 9.20 to finish sixth in the hurdles.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lesly Torres became just the second Falcon since 2005 to impact the top-10 list for the 60-meter hurdles.
IT'S A CLASS ACT
Two members of the women's team set Class Records during the season-opening meet on Dec. 9. Kimber Shealy improved the program's Senior Class standard in the pole vault to 12'9½", while Kassie Gurnell tallied a Sophomore Class record in the triple jump with a clearance of 39'5".
OH, WHAT A NIGHT!
The Academy record book received a major rewrite during the Blue and Silver Open. Kassie Gurnell recorded the second-best triple jump distance in program history at 39'5", while Wren Bonner debut in fifth on the all-time pole vault list during her first collegiate meet with a jump of 12'9½". Lesly Torres, who moved into fourth on the program's high jump list (5'7"), also recorded the ninth-best time ever in the 60-meter hurdles at 9.20. In addition, Alexis Jones-Hardy began her collegiate career with the eighth-fastest 60-meter time in Academy history (7.87) and Becca Bauman entered the all-time list for the weight throw (10th) with a distance of 48'7¼".
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
Two members of the men's team also impacted the program record book during the first meet of the 2011-12 season. Rob Simmons cleared 17'8½" in the pole vault to move into third on that event's all-time list, while Jalen Fooster matched the 10th-best weight throw in program history with a toss of 54'11¼".
The Falcons' indoor roster includes two Academy record holders (weight throw: Rob Drye; 1000-meter run: Morgan Mosby) and seven all-conference athletes (2011: Drye, Cale Simmons, Michael Tibbs, Jim Walmsley; 2010: Chase Cooper, Uzor Udensi, Zach Wood). In addition, the roster also includes two members of the All-American distance medley relay team (Anthony Delgado, Nick White) and two of the four runners that claimed the program's first conference title in the 4x400-meter relay (Delgado, Manny Smith).
Y'ALL COME BACK NOW
The Air Force All-Comers Meet is the second of five home competitions for the Falcons during the indoor season. In 2012, the Falcons will also host the Air Force Indoor Combined Events Meet (Jan. 26-27), the Air Force Team Challenge (Jan. 28) and the Air Force Invitational (Feb. 10-11).
LEADING THE WAY
Eight Falcons will serve as captains of the 2011-12 Air Force track and field team. Bryce Bergman, Rob Drye, Jim Walmsley and Alex Zubey will represent the men's team, while Paige Blackburn, Emily Cotharn, Auriele Fain and Kimber Shealy will captain the women's squad.
NEW FACE ON THE SIDELINE
Air Force added 1996 Olympic gold medalist Allen Johnson to its coaching staff for the 2011-12 season. Johnson, who will coach the Falcons' sprint and hurdle athletes, won the 110-meter hurdles at the Atlanta Games. He also claimed gold medals in that event at seven IAAF World Outdoor Championship meets and in the 60-meter hurdles at three indoor world championships. Johnson will be joined on the coaching staff by head coach Ralph Lindeman, associate head coach Scott Irving and assistant coaches Juli Benson and Scott Steffan.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force heads to Lincoln, Neb., for its first road meet of the season on Jan.20-21. The Falcons will compete at the Nebraska Wesleyan Open on Friday, Jan. 20, and the Nebraska adidas Classic on Saturday, Jan. 21. Both meets will take place at the Bob Devaney Center on Nebraska's campus.