March 25, 2014
Several members of the Air Force track and field team travel to Austin, Texas, this weekend for the 87th-annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The meet, which begins for the Falcons on Thursday, March 27, will feature two relay squads and eight field event athletes.
The Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, which will be held at Mike A. Myers Stadium, features over 6,500 athletes from 32 states and nine countries. Information on the meet, which officially gets underway on Wednesday, March 26, can be found at texassports.com. Live stats will be available through that site, while the Longhorn Network will be covering the meet during the times listed below.
Thursday, March 27: 4:00-6:00 p.m., 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Friday, March 28: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 29: 1:30-5:30 p.m.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday at 3:45 p.m.: Men's Pole Vault - University/College A and B (Dylan Bell, Cort Rogers); Friday track events beginning at 9:35 a.m.: Men's 4x100-Meter Relay, Men's 4x400-Meter Relay (lineups TBA); Friday at 10:00 a.m.: Men's Shot Put - University/College B (Grant Hamilton); Friday at 2:00 p.m.: Women's Triple Jump - University/College A (Kassie Gurnell); Friday at 5:30 p.m.: Men's Pole Vault - Invitational (Joey Uhle).
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
In addition to the athletes competing at Texas, several members of the Falcons' program will be competing at various meets around the country during the final weekend of the Academy's spring break. Updates will be made on the team's Twitter feed (@af_trackfield) as they become available and a complete recap of those individual performances will be available next week.
CORONA NAMED MW ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Following a career-best 1500-meter time of 3:46.04 at the Baldy Castillo Classic, Patrick Coronawas named the Mountain West Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week on March 25. With his time, which placed him third among 38 runners at the season-opening meet, Corona currently leads the conference and is ranked first in the NCAA.
AROUND THE NATION
Annette Eichenberger clocked the fastest time in NCAA Division I at Arizona State on March 22, winning the Baldy Castillo Invitational in a time of 2:07.92. She is one of four Falcons to hold top-10 times in the national standings, as she is joined by Joey Uhle (fourth, pole vault), Kassie Gurnell (eighth, triple jump) and Patrick Corona(ninth, 1500-meter run).
HERALD TAKES DOWN LONG-STANDING HIGH JUMP RECORD
With a winning clearance of 5'8½", Rachel Heraldbroke the Academy's 28-year-old record in the high jump on March 25. Herald added a half-inch to the previous standard that had stood since 1986 and was originally set in 1983, while easily improving her own personal clearance of 5'7". It is the second time this season that Herald has taken over an Academy record, as she also broke the program's 17-year-old indoor high jump record at the Air Force Holiday Open in December.
WE'RE NOT DONE YET
Gavin Owensalso clocked a program record at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 22, as he shattered his own Academy-best time in the 2000-meter steeplechase. Finishing second in the non-traditional race, Owens clocked a time of 5:49.53 to delete over 35 seconds from the time he first set last season.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
With a long jump distance of 23'11½" at the Baldy Castillo Classic on March 22, Blue Kearneybecame the first Air Force athlete since 2003 to impact the program's top-five list of that event's all-time standings. With the fourth-best mark in Academy history, Kearney was first jumper in seven years to make any impact on the top-10.
GETTING OFF TO A STRONG START
In addition to the Academy high jump record by Rachel Herald, four other members of the women's team also impacted the women's all-time standings during the season-opener. Becca Bauman improved her hammer throw distance to the fourth-best mark in Academy history (172'6"), while Katelyn Holland (eighth, shot put at 44'4¼"), Rebecca Esselstein (ninth, 800-meter run in 2:14.09) and Riley Vann(ninth, pole vault at 11'7¾") all debuted on the program's top-10 list in their respective events.
SWEEP IT UP
Backed by three seniors and one freshman, Air Force claimed the men's and women's titles in both the 800- and 3000-meter events. Alex Lindsay and Annette Eichenberger teamed up to claim first-place honors in their respective 800-meter races, while Isaiah Bragg and Lindy Longcaptured the two titles in the 3000-meter run.
MEN RANKED 19TH AT PROGRAM OF THE YEAR PROGRESS REPORT
Following a 20th-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships and Joey Uhle'sseventh-place finish in the pole vault at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships (a placement that put Air Force 56th in the overall team standings), the men enter the outdoor season ranked 19th in the John McDonnell Program of the Year standings. It is the first time Air Force has been listed in the Program of the Year standings, which recognizes team finishes at the NCAA Championships for cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons open the home portion of their outdoor schedule next week, when they host the Air Force Relays at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. The three-day meet, which includes the decathlon and heptathlon, begins on Thursday, April 3, and continues through Saturday, April 5. In addition, several members of the Air Force distance squad will compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on April 4-5.