Feb. 14, 2013
The Air Force track and field team stays close to home this weekend, using its final weekend before the conference championships to compete at the Joe Davies Open in Golden, Colo. The competition, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Steinhauer Fieldhouse, marks the program's first-ever appearance at Colorado School of Mines.
JOE DAVIES OPEN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10:00 a.m.: Shot Put, Weight Throw, High Jump; 10:00 a.m.: Long Jump, Triple Jump; 10:00 a.m.: Pole Vault; 11:00 a.m.: 60-Meter Hurdles, 60-Meter Dash, Mile Run, 400-Meter Dash, 800-Meter Run, 200-Meter Dash, 3000-Meter Run, 4x400-Meter Relay (the women will compete first in all events)
SIMMONS NAMED MW ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Cale Simmons was named the Mountain West Athlete of the Week on Feb. 12, after breaking his own Academy record at the Air Force Team Challenge. Clearing a career-best 18'2", Simmons broke his own Air Force standard and the seven-year-old Senior Class record, while accounting for the third-best height in Mountain West history. That mark currently leads the conference by seven inches and is ranked third in the nation.
DID YOU KNOW?
Three different pole vaulters have claimed the conference's weekly award this season, as Joey Uhle (Jan. 15), Dylan Bell (Jan. 22) and Cale Simmons (Feb. 12) have combined for half of the league's weekly awards to date.
CAUTION, FALLING RECORDS
Cale Simmons was one of two Falcons to set Academy records at the Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 9. William Kent, who debuted on the program's all-time list just eight days earlier, threw a 62'10" to break the Academy standard in the weight throw.
DOING A LITTLE MATH
Over an eight-day span, William Kent has added six feet to his overall distance in the weight throw. At the New Mexico Classic (Feb. 1), the junior added four feet to his overall distance to become just the sixth Air Force thrower to surpass the 60-foot mark in competition. He then added an additional two feet during his Academy-record setting performance (62'10") at the Air Force Team Challenge (Feb. 8).
James Chambers moved into fourth on the USTFCCCA list of Indoor Bests by Football Players, as he recorded a career-best distance of 54'6¾" at the Air Force Team Challenge. His mark, which is ranked ninth on the Academy's all-time list, is second among football players at the DI level. In addition, Gavin McHenry, who accounted for the 10th-fastest 60-meter dash time in Academy history (6.81) is ranked 15th overall on the Indoor Bests by Football Players list.
WHAT DID YOU DO IN AH HOUR?
During a 60-minute span of the Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 9, Morgan Malone made a pair of additions to the program's all-time list. Less than an hour after debuting on the Academy's top-10 list in the 60-meter dash (ninth) with a career-best time of 7.83, Malone ran the second-fastest 200-meter dash in program history with a personal-best time of 25.13.
THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Several other additions were made to the program's all-time standings at the Air Force Team Challenge. Danielle Tabb improved her distance in the shot put by over two feet (46'4¾") to move from eighth to fourth on the program's all-time list, while Rachel Herald added an inch to her clearance in the high jump (5'7") to move into fifth on that list. Dylan Bell also added an inch to his vertical clearance, as he improved his sixth-place standing in the pole vault with a career-best height of 17'5½".
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
Zach Wood and Jake Spuller matched their already established top-10 marks in the high jump and 200-meter dash, respectively. Wood cleared a career-best matching 6'10¼" in the high jump, which is ranked eighth on the program's all-time list, while Spuller equaled his personal-best time of 21.80 in the 200-meter sprint - the ninth-fastest time in Academy history.
Kassie Gurnell improved her own Junior Class Record in the triple jump during the Falcons' Feb. 9 meet, clearing a season-best 40'7½" to win that event for the third time in four competitions. Gurnell has been a model of consistency so far this season, as all four of her triple jump finishes have been separated by just three total inches.
PICKING UP SOME VICTORIES
The Falcons claimed six event titles at the Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 9. Jake Spuller (200-meter dash), David Ptacek (400-meter dash), Patrick Corona (800-meter run) and Kevin Mihalik (mile run) accounted for individual event titles for the men's team, while Spuller and Ptacek teamed with Anthony Delgado and Michael Craig to win the mile relay. Kassie Gurnell represented the women's team among the event winners, as she placed first in the triple jump.
MEN SWEEP COMPETITION AT AIR FORCE TEAM CHALLENGE
Air Force's men posted a perfect 3-0 dual record at the AF Team Challenge, defeating 19th-ranked BYU (110-20), Colorado (117-17) and Colorado State (86-65). The women tallied a 2-1 mark at the AFTC, claiming wins over BYU (71-39) and Colorado (79-33), while falling to Colorado State (88-52).
CALLIE'S NEW NEIGHBORS
Callie Calhoun has held the program's 3000- and 5000-meter records since 1991, but she received some new neighbors this past weekend, as Melissa Fuerst and Jen Bremser recorded the program's second-fastest times in those two events at the Husky Classic. Fuerst moved into second in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:45.07, while Bremser joined Calhoun as the only Falcons to break the 17-minute mark in the 5000-meter run with a time of 16:59.75.
CUTTING DOWN TO GO UP
Annette Eichenberger accounted for the third-fastest 800-meter time in Academy history at the Husky Classic, as she cut nearly two seconds off of her time to cross the finish line in 2:11.91.
WELCOME BACK, MORGAN
Morgan Mosby competed in the first mile race since her sophomore year and promptly clocked the eighth-fastest time in Academy history at the Husky Classic. Mosby debuted on the program's all-time list in the mile with a time of 4:54.25.
AIR FORCE ANNOUNCES FIRST CLASS TO OFFICIALS HALL OF HONOR
Six longtime officials were selected to the newly formed Air Force Track and Field Officials Hall of Honor. The inaugural Class of 2013 included Jerry Donley, Hollis Hatfield, Martin Johnson, Ed Latimer, Risdon Westen and the late Don Barrett.
FORMER PAIR NAMED TO AIR FORCE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
With its announcement of the Class of 2013, the Air Force Athletics Hall of Fame added two former members of the track and field program. Eric Mack is a six-time conference champion and three-time All-American in track and cross country. Mack, the Academy record-holder in the 3000-meter run, was the top American finisher at the 1995 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Park Hinman was a two-year letterwinner (1962-63), who not only became the Academy's first four-sport athlete, but is still listed on the program's all-time top-10 list for the outdoor long jump.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force will make its first-ever appearance at Jacksons Indoor Track in Boise, Idaho, next week (Feb. 21-23), for the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships.