Feb. 13, 2014
Action continues for the Air Force track and field team this weekend, as the squad splits for a pair of meets. The majority of the squad will remain at the Academy to host the Air Force Collegiate Open on Saturday, Feb. 15, while 13 runners will travel to the 23rd-annual Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 14-15).
The Air Force Collegiate Open will begin with the women's pole vault at 9:00 a.m., with the remainder of the field events beginning at 10:00 a.m., and the running events starting at 11:00 a.m. (a complete schedule of events is listed below) Admission is free, but the ticket office will open at noon to support that women's basketball game that is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Live, in-meet updates will be available on the team's official Twitter page, @af_trackfield.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:00 a.m.: Women's Pole Vault, Men's Pole Vault; 10:00 a.m.: Women's Weight Throw, Men's Weight Throw (cage); 10:00 a.m.: Men's Shot Put, Women's Shot Put (ring); 10:00 a.m.: Men's Long Jump, Men's Triple Jump (south runway); 10:00 a.m.: Women's Long Jump, Women's Triple Jump (north runway); 10:00 a.m.: Women's High Jump, Men's High Jump; 11:00 a.m.: 60-Meter Hurdles (qualifying), 60-Meter Dash (qualifying), Mile Run, 60-Meter Hurdles (final), 400-Meter Dash, 60-Meter Dash (final), 800-Meter Run, 200-Meter Dash, 3000-Meter Run, Mile Relay (women will compete first in all running events).
WE'RE NOT DONE YET
A handful of Falcons will travel to Ames, Iowa, this weekend (Feb. 14-15), for the 23rd-annual Iowa State Classic. A total of 10 men and three women will compete against some of the nation's elite distance and middle distance runners at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center on the ISU campus. Action beings for the Falcons at 5:00 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 15, with the distance medley relay.
UHLE EARNS WEEKLY CONFERENCE HONOR
After recording a career-best pole vault clearance of 17'10¼" to win the Air Force Team Challenge, Joey Uhle was named the Mountain West Athlete of the Week on Feb. 11. The junior's clearance, which bettered the field by nearly 10 inches, is ranked first in the conference and eighth in the nation.
Joey Uhle has earned the conference's weekly honor during each of his first three seasons, becoming just the third Air Force athlete to earn the award in three straight years (Dana Pounds: 2004-06; Cale Simmons: 2011-13). In addition, the Falcons claimed back-to-back Athlete of the Week awards from their pole vault team for the second straight season, as Uhle and Dylan Bell (Feb. 4) teamed up for consecutive honors last season (Jan. 15, Jan. 22).
MEN RANKED 18TH IN DUAL MEET RANKINGS
With a 3-1 mark, Air Force's men are ranked 18th in this week's Track and Field News Dual Meet Rankings, which take into account wins and losses, strength and depth of dual meet schedule and breadth of marks. A complete list of dual meet marks, as well as region and national rankings, can be found on page three of this release.
McHENRY LISTED IN TWO-SPORT TOP-10
With a career-best time of 6.77 in the 60-meter dash at the Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 7, Gavin McHenry is tied for ninth on the USTFCCCA's weekly list of football players that also compete in track. He is second amongst football players in the Mountain West and fifth overall.
MALONE BREAKS ACADEMY RECORD IN THE 200-METER DASH
With a career-best time of 24.85, Morgan Malone broke the Academy's eight-year-old record in the 200-meter dash. Malone, who earned the Air Force Athlete of the Week award following the program record and three scoring finishes, also accounted for the seventh-fastest 60-meter time in Academy (7.76) and ran on the mile relay that finished fourth.
MOVING TO THIRD
A pair of races at the 60-meter distance received new additions to the No. 3 spot of their respective all-time lists on Feb. 7. Gavin McHenry recorded the men's third-fastest time in the 60-meter dash (6.77) during a winning performance at the Air Force Team Challenge, while Alexa Chacon clocked a time of 8.76 in the 60-meter hurdles, which is ranked third on the women's all-time list.
HAMILTON AND HOLLAND KEEP CLIMBING UP THE RECORD BOOK
For the second straight week, Grant Hamilton and Katelyn Holland impacted their respective all-time lists in the shot put. During the Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 7, Hamilton posted the Academy's fourth-best men's distance (57'9") during a runner-up performance and Holland finished third in the women's event with a throw of 46'6" to move into fifth on the all-time list.
NOT STOPPING YET...
Kassie Gurnell improved her Senior Class Record in the triple jump for the third time in four meets, when she recorded a season-best distance of 40'11½" during a runner-up performance at the Air Force Team Challenge.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons travel to Laramie, Wyo., next Friday (Feb 21) for the Rocky Mountain Classic. The meet, formerly known as the Robert Shine Invitational, will be Air Force's final competition before the Mountain West Indoor Championships, which will take place Feb. 27-Mar. 1 at the Academy's Cadet Field House.