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The championship portion of the indoor season gets underway for the Air Force track and field team this week, as it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2018 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships. The three-day meet, which will be held at the ABQ Convention Center, begins on Thursday, Feb. 22, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 24.
The Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held at the ABQ Convention Center in downtown Albuquerque. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students (with ID) and children under 12 during each full day of competition (Thursday is free). For fans unable to attend the meet, real-time results will be available via Record Timing and all running events will be broadcast live on FloTrack, through its subscription service. In addition, updates and highlights will be posted to Air Force’s social media sites throughout the week.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The first four events of the men’s heptathlon get underway at 10:00 a.m. (MT), on Thursday, Feb. 22, while the distance medley relays are slated to begin at 4:00 p.m., that afternoon. Friday’s competition begins with the conclusion of the heptathlon at 10:00 a.m., while individual events start at 12:30 p.m. (field) and 1:30 p.m. (track). Championship Saturday starts on the field at 10:00 a.m., before the running events get underway at noon. A complete schedule of events is located on page two of this release.
The Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships will feature 11 women’s teams (Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, #11 New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming) and the men’s teams from Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming.
Since the formation of the Mountain West Conference, Air Force has captured two team titles (2012 men, 2016 men) and its athletes have stood atop the indoor podium 57 times and collected 205 all-conference selections. Jamiel Trimble is the Academy’s most decorated indoor athlete, with four conference titles and a Meet Record at 200 meters (20.67). Three former Falcons – Justin Tyner (5000-meter run: 14:13.33), Taylor Smith (high jump: 7’2½”), Kyle Pater (pole vault: 18’6½”) – also hold MW Meet Records.
Entering the conference championship meet, Air Force holds the top-two clearances in the men’s high jump (John Reynolds, 6’11½”; Sam Hinegardner, 6’11”) and pole vault (Connor Stevens, 16’8¾”, Justin Harmon/Hinegardner, 16’6¾”), while Reynolds also leads the league in the triple jump (51’6¼”). The men also lead the Mountain West in the 60-meter dash (Miguel Molas, 6.75) and 4x400-meter relay (3:09.18), while holding three of the top-five regular season times in the 60-meter hurdles. On the women’s side, Shelley Spires holds a MW-leading clearance of 6’0¾” in the high jump.
Conference competitor Kelsey Owens hails from Albuquerque and attended St. Pius X High School.
LOOKING AT THE NATIONAL LANDSCAPE
Highlighted by top-12 rankings from Shelley Spires (fifth in the high jump at 6’0¾”) and Kathryn Tomczak (12th in the pole vault at 14’0½”), Air Force has eight athletes ranked among the top-40 of the national standings. Calvin Berstler is ranked 25th in the heptathlon (5418), while John Reynolds and Michael Rhoads are ranked 26th in the triple jump (51’6¼”) and 800-meter run (1:49.15a), respectively. At 5000 meters, Jaci Smith is ranked 28th in the women’s standings (16:00.25), while Jacob Bilvado and Mickey Davey are listed 30th (13:56.89) and 36th (13:59.38), respectively, in the men’s event.
Three members of the conference contingent played a different sport during the fall, as Cambria Galloway and Kathleen Medill were on the Air Force volleyball team and Jake LaCoste was a member of the Falcons’ football team.
The Falcons are off from competition until March 9-10, when the indoor season comes to a close at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas.