March 27, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force senior thrower Paige Blackburn was named the Mountain West Women's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the league office announced this afternoon (March 27). The Soldotna, Alaska, native posted two career highs at the Arizona State Invitational, while moving up the Academy's all-time list in two events.
Blackburn had a stellar opener to the outdoor season over the March 23-24 weekend. She was the top collegiate finisher (second overall) in the javelin throw at Arizona State, posting a career-best mark of 165'6" - the second-best throw in Academy history. That throw, a personal improvement of 14 feet, vaulted Blackburn from fifth to second on the program's all-time list, as she became just the second Falcon to surpass the 160-foot mark.
The senior also placed second among collegiate competitors (fourth overall) in the discus throw with a personal-best distance of 169'4". Blackburn's mark - a four-foot personal improvement - improved her third-place standing on the Academy's all-time list.
She currently leads the conference in both the javelin and discus events. In addition, Blackburn is ranked among the nation's top 15 in both events (eighth-javelin, 13th-discus).
With her second conference honor of the season, Blackburn shared the March 27 award with Chaniqua Corinealdi of TCU. The Horned Frogs' Charles Silmon earned the league's athlete of the week award for the men's side.
The Falcons, who are currently training in Arizona during the Academy's spring break, return to action this weekend, when they travel to Austin, Texas, for the 85th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.