Jan. 17, 2013
After opening the season with a pair of home meets, the Air Force track and field team hits the road for the first time this weekend. While four Falcons head to the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev., the majority of the squad will travel to the adidas Classic in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The 2013 adidas Classic, the Falcons' first scoring meet of the season, will feature teams from Air Force, Iowa, Nebraska, Oral Roberts and Wichita State. Nebraska's women are ranked 21st in the USATFCCCA Preseason Projections, while Air Force's men are ranked 30th. The Cornhuskers will have live stats available on their website (www.huskers.com).
COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
12:00 p.m.: Weight Throw, Shot Put; 12:30 p.m.: Long Jump, Triple Jump; 12:45 p.m.: High Jump; 12:45 p.m.: Pole Vault (the men will compete first in all field events); 1:00 p.m.: 60-Meter Hurdles (prelims); 60-Meter Dash (prelims); 5000-Meter Run; Mile Run; 60-Meter Hurdles (final); 60-Meter Dash (final); 400-Meter Dash, 600-Meter Dash; 200-Meter Dash; 800-Meter Run; 3000-Meter Run; 4x400-Meter Relay (the women will compete first in all running events).
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
Four members of the Falcons' pole vault squad will travel to Reno, Nev., this weekend for the annual Pole Vault Summit. The two-day event (Jan. 18-19) features clinics, speaker presentations and competition at the Reno Livestock Center.
QUICK GLANCE AT THE NATIONAL STANDINGS
Three Falcons are ranked among the top 15 in the national standings. Cale Simmons and Joey Uhle are ranked sixth (17'8½") and 11th (17'2¾"), respectively, in the men's pole vault, while Kassie Gurnell is ranked 15th (40'6¾") in the women's triple jump.
The men's 2013 team boasts four sets of brothers - including three sets of twins. Air Force's sibling connection includes the Owens brothers (Gage and Gavin), the Perkins twins (Charlie and Zach), the Shoaf twins (Steel and Stone) and the Simmons twins (Cale and Rob).
UHLE NAMED MW AHTLETE OF THE WEEK
Joey Uhle was named the Mountain West Men's Indoor Athlete of the Week on Jan. 15, after clearing a career-best clearance of 17'2¾" to win the pole vault at the Air Force All-Comers Meet. His mark, which is ranked eighth on the program's all-time list, is ranked second in the MW and 11th in the NCAA.
A LITTLE BLUE AT THE TOP
Air Force dominated the top of the pole vault standings at the Air Force All-Comers Meet on Jan. 12. Joey Uhle won the men's event (17'2¾"), while Cort Rogers (16'6¾"), Dylan Bell (16'2¾") and Elliott Beski (16'2¾") to a sweep of the top four spots. Matching a career-best clearance of 12'1½", Paige Shirley was the top collegiate finisher (second overall) on the women's side, while Bizzy Mellado (11'7¾"), Libby Westfall (11'1¾") and Riley Vann (11'1¾") swept the top four spots in the collegiate field.
Just two weeks after starting at linebacker for the Air Force football team in the Armed Forces Bowl, James Chambers returned to the throwing cage and promptly recorded a career-best distance of 51'7". While placing fourth in field, Chambers improved his overall distance by four inches.
RUNNING AWAY FROM THEIR PEERS
Two Air Force runners crossed the finish line first among collegiate competitors in their respective races. In his first meet of the season, Lance Wolfsmith was the top collegiate finisher in the mile, placing second overall with a time of 4:27.68. Matt Caldwell, competing in his first indoor 800-meter race since last year's ACM, clocked the fastest collegiate time at 1:57.98 and finishing fourth overall.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force returns to the Academy for a busy week of competition to close out the first full month of the season. The Falcons will host the 23rd-annual Air Force Invitational, which includes the Falcons' Indoor Combined Events Meet, on Thursday-Saturday (Jan. 24-26).