Jan. 23, 2013
The Air Force track and field team returns to the Academy this week to host the 23rd Air Force Invitational at the Cadet Field House Indoor Track. The three-day meet begins on Thursday, Jan. 24, with the Air Force Indoor Combined Events Meet, before the full team invitational gets underway on Friday, Jan. 25, and runs through Saturday, Jan. 26.
Admission is free all day Thursday and Friday. Admission is also free Saturday prior to 1 p.m., but a $2 admission will be charged for those arriving after 1 p.m. due to the Air Force women's basketball game. In-meet updates will be available on Twitter (@af_trackfield, #AFI).
AIR FORCE INDOOR COMBINED EVENTS SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, JAN. 24 - 1:00 p.m.: Women's Pentathlon 60-Meter Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, Long Jump, 800-Meter Run; 1:15 p.m.: Men's Heptathlon 60-Meter Dash, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump; FRIDAY, JAN. 25 - 9:00 a.m.: Men's Heptathlon 60-Meter Hurdles, Pole Vault, 1000-Meter Run
FRIDAY'S AIR FORCE INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE
12:30 p.m.: Men's Weight Throw, Women's Weight Throw; 12:30 p.m.: Men's High Jump (non-seeded), Women's High Jump (non-seeded); 1:00 p.m.: Women's Pole Vault (non-seeded), Men's Pole Vault (non-seeded); 1:00 p.m.: 5000-Meter Run, 60-Meter Hurdles (first round), 60-Meter Dash (first round), 400-Meter Dash (qualifying), Mile Run (non-seeded), 200-Meter Dash (qualifying), 800-Meter Run (non-seeded), Distance Medley Relay; 2:00 p.m.: Women's Long Jump; 2:00 p.m.: Men's Long Jump (the women will compete first in all running events)
SATURDAY'S AIR FORCE INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE
10:00 a.m.: Men's Shot Put, Women's Shot Put; 10:00 a.m.: Women's Pole Vault (seeded), Men's Pole Vault (seeded); 10:00 a.m.: Men's High Jump (seeded), Women's High Jump (seeded); 11:00 a.m.: Women's Triple Jump; 11:00 a.m.: Men's Triple Jump; 12:00 p.m.: 60-Meter Hurdles (semifinals), 60-Meter Dash (semifinals), Mile (seeded), 60-Meter Hurdles (final), 400-Meter Dash (final), 60-Meter Dash (final), 800-Meter Run (seeded), 200-Meter Dash (final), 3000-Meter Run, Mile Relay (the women will compete first in all running events)
BELL NAMED MW ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Dylan Bell was named the Mountain West Men's Indoor Athlete of the Week on Jan. 22, after clearing a career-best 17'4½" to take third at the National Pole Vault Summit. His mark, which is ranked fifth on the Academy's all-time list, is ranked second in the conference and tied for the sixth-best clearance in the NCAA.
DID YOU KNOW?
The back-to-back MW Athlete of the Week honors (Joey Uhle, Dylan Bell) are the first for Air Force since Paul Gensic and Brian Carpenter earned the honor in consecutive weeks during the 2002 season.
FOOTBALLERS LISTED IN NATIONAL DUAL SPORT RANKINGS
James Chambers and Gavin McHenry are listed on the USTFCCCA "Indoor Bests by Collegiate Football Players" national rankings. With a career-best throw of 52'8¼", Chambers is ranked fifth in the shot put, while McHenry's personal-best 60-meter dash time of 6.96 is ranked 24th.
STEFFAN EARNS NATIONAL COACHING HONOR
Assistant coach Scott Steffan was named the National Collegiate Pole Vault Coach of the Year in an awards ceremony at the annual PV Summit on Jan. 18. Last season, he coached Cale Simmons to All-America status, Mountain West titles and Academy records during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. He also guided the men to at least five scoring finishes at both MW meets, en route to helping the Falcons' to their first conference titles.
BELL DEBUTS ON ACADEMY'S ALL-TIME LIST
Dylan Bell recorded the fifth-best pole vault clearance in Academy history, after bettering the 17'4½" bar at the Pole Vault Summit on Jan. 19. Bell's height, a personal improvement of eight inches, matched the best clearance of the day in the collegiate pole vault.
DUO CLAIMS TITLES AT ADIDAS CLASSIC
Zach Perkins (mile run) and Brian Ford (weight throw) won their respective events at the Nebraska adidas Classic on Jan. 19. Perkins clocked a career-best distance of 4:09.54 to win the mile, while Ford surpassed the 60-foot mark for the second time in his career (60'10¾") to take first in the weight throw.
QUITE A WEEKEND
Rebecca Esselstein had a busy weekend in Nebraska, winning the 1000-meter run and clocking the 10th-fastest 800-meter time in Academy history. Esselstein won the 1000-meter run at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational (2:55.62) on Friday night ... less than an hour after completing a nine-hour bus ride from Colorado. The sophomore followed that up the next day by clocking a third-place time of 2:15.35 in the 800-meter run to debut in 10th on the Academy's all-time list.
GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS
In the first indoor 3000-meter race of her career, Kate Kanetzky debuted in seventh on the program's all-time list, as she clocked a time of 10:02.73 to finish third at the Nebraska adidas Classic. Kanetzky, who also holds a top-10 time in the 5000-meter run, paced a trio of Air Force runners to scoring finishes, as Jen Bremser and Melissa Fuerst finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in their season debuts.
THROWING THEIR WEIGHT AROUND
Brian Ford paced the Falcons to three of the top-five finishes in the weight throw. Following Ford's winning toss of 60'10¾", Jalen Fooster and William Kent finished third (57'4¼") and fifth (career-best 56'0½"), respectively.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force heads to New Mexico over the Feb. 1-2 weekend for its only appearance of the season in the "Land of Enchantment", when it competes in the annual New Mexico Classic at the Albuquerque Convention Center.