Falcons Head North To Wyoming

    The Air Force track and field team takes to the road for the first time this season, when they travel to Laramie, Wyo., for the Wyoming Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 29. The Falcons begin their day at 10:30 a.m., with the women's high and long jumps, as well as the women's weight throw. The first track event is slated for the mile runs at 1:30 p.m.

    The ink isn't even dry on the 2005 media guide and sophomore Olivia Korte has already broken the weight throw record not once...but twice. Korte topped her own Academy record at the All-Comers Meet and then tossed a 54'10?" at the Air Force Invitational. Her latest addition to the record book was nearly a foot farther than her old record. Since first setting the program's best weight throw mark at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships last February, Korte has continually reset the record in every meet.

    The women's distance medley relay team ran a season-opening time of 12:50.13 to win its event on the first day of competition at the Air Force Invitational. The quartet of Kelly Robison, Jen Neville, Kristin Trichler and Lindsay Grose clocked the ninth-best time in Academy history during the win.

    In addition to the women's distance medley team, a pair of Falcons also made their way up the Academy's all-time records list. Sophomore Dierra Poland took up residence in two top-10 lists, highlighted by a second-place ranking in the 60-meter hurdles (8.73). She is also now ranked fifth in the pentathlon with 3063 points. Senior Rachael McIntosh moved into eighth on the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.05.

    Sophomore Brian Walsh had a stellar weekend at the Air Force Invitational. In addition to finishing second in the heptathlon with a career-high 4803 points, Walsh also tallied career-highs in the 60-meter dash (7.15), long jump (22'7"), high jump (6'1?") and 60-meter hurdles (8.97). Walsh won the heptathlon's 60-meter dash and 1000-meter run, while finishing second in the pole vault and long jump, en route to posting the fourth-best heptathlon total in Academy history.

    Senior Jami Hodge had an impressive weekend, moving into fourth-place on the program's all-time list for the 400-meter dash. In the preliminary round of the race on Friday, Hodge crossed the finish line in a time of 57.30 -- the second-fastest collegian. A career improvement by over a second, Hodge nearly matched that time in the finals (57.38).

    During the season-opening All-Comers Meet, freshman Travis Picou won the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.15 -- a mark just shy of the Academy's all-time list. One week later, the freshman clocked a time of 21.81 -- the fifth-best time ever.

    The Falcons had two event winners at the Air Force Invitational, as Travis Patterson won the mile and Jason Jones received the top honor on the pole vault.


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