April 2, 2013
The Air Force track and field team opens the home portion of its outdoor campaign this weekend with the second-annual Air Force Relays and Combined Events Meet. The three-day meet, which features the majority of teams from along the Front Range, will run from Thursday (April 4) to Saturday (April 6) at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. Admission is free.
ABOUT THE AIR FORCE RELAYS
The second-annual Air Force Relays open with the Combined Events Meet on Thursday, April 4. The decathlon kicks off the day at 11 a.m. (100-Meter Dash, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 400-Meter Dash), while the heptathlon is slated to begin at 11:15 a.m. (100-Meter Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, 200-Meter Dash). Both the decathlon (110-Meter Hurdles, Discus Throw, Pole Vault, Javelin Throw, 1500-Meter Run) and heptathlon (Long Jump, Javelin Throw, 800-Meter Run) will begin at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 5. The full team competition on Saturday, April 6, will begin at 10 a.m. (a complete schedule is below). Please note that the hammer throw will take place in the Upper Field, while the rest of the events will take place within the main complex.
SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10:00 a.m.: Women's Hammer Throw, Men's Hammer Throw; 10:00 a.m.: Men's Discus Throw, Women's Discus Throw, Women's Shot Put, Men's Shot Put, Men's Javelin Throw, Women's Javelin Throw; 11:00 a.m.: Women's Pole Vault, Men's Pole Vault; 11:00 a.m.: Men's High Jump, Women's High Jump; 11:00 a.m.: Men's Long Jump, Men's Triple Jump; 11:00 a.m.: Women's Long Jump, Women's Triple Jump; 11:55 a.m.: 300-Meter Steeplechase, 4x100-Meter Relay, Cadet Squadron 4x100-Meter Relay, Shuttle Hurdle Relay, Distance Medley Relay, Sprint Medley Relay, 4x800-Meter Relay, 400-Meter Hurdles, 4x200-Meter Relay, 5000-Meter Run, 4x400-Meter Relay (women will compete first in all running events)
AIR FORCE TRIO RANKED AMONG NATION'S TOP 10
Cale Simmons and Joey Uhle are ranked fourth (18'4¾") and seventh (18'1"), respectively, in the pole vault, while Annette Eichenberger is ranked 10th (2:06.63) in the 800-meter run. Eichenberger's national placement is the best-ever by a runner on the Air Force women's team.
SIMPLY PUT: WOW!
Cale Simmons recorded an Academy and Mountain West record clearance of 18'4¾" to finish third in the top section of the pole vault at the Texas Relays on March 29. Clearing the record-breaking height on his first attempt, Simmons added three inches to his own Academy standard. For his outstanding efforts, the senior was named the Mountain West Athlete of the Week (April 2) and the Air Force Athlete of the Week (April 1).
DID YOU KNOW?
The MW Athlete of the Week award that Cale Simmons claimed on April 2 was the fifth of his career (Jan. 18, 2011; Feb. 22, 2011; Apr. 3, 2012; Feb. 12, 2013; Apr. 2, 2013). With three indoor awards and two outdoor awards, Simmons has claimed more weekly conference awards than any other athlete in program history.
BUT WAIT, WE'RE NOT DONE YET!
With a pole vault clearance of 18'1" at the Texas Relays, Joey Uhle became the third vaulter in Academy history to surpass the 18-foot bar, while moving into second on the program's all-time list. With a clearance that tied for the fourth-best of the day, Uhle added nearly seven inches to his previous best to move from sixth to second on Air Force's all-time list.
ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN (WEST)
Cale Simmons and Joey Uhle are now ranked first and third, respectively, on the Mountain West's all-time list. With his clearance of 18'4¾", Simmons bettered the previous conference record of 18'4½", which had been held by BYU's Robison Pratt since 2005. With his 18'1" height, Uhle tied for third on the league's all-time standings with New Mexico's Derek Mackel (2006) and Robert Caldwell (2008).
HOW ABOUT A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON?
The two best outdoor clearances of Joey Uhle's career so far have occurred at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. He recorded his previous PR - a Freshman Class Record of 17'6½" - at the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Meet, before breaking that mark at the 2013 Texas Relays with a Sophomore Class Record of 18'1".
RELAY CLOCKS ACADEMY'S SECOND-FASTEST TIME
The 4x200-meter relay team of Uzor Udensi, Anthony Delgado, Jake Spuller and Josh Nielsen combined for a time of 1:25.58 at the Texas Relays on March 30 - a time that ranks second on the Academy's all-time list. In addition to becoming the first team since 2000 to impact the standings of the 4x200-meter relay, the quartet also became just the second to better the 1:26 mark.
EICHENBERGER, MOSBY REWRITE ACADEMY'S 800-METER STANDINGS
Annette Eichenberger and Morgan Mosby completed a major rewrite to the top of the Academy's 800-meter standings at the Stanford Invitational, moving into third and fourth, respectively, on the team's all-time list. Clocking in with a Junior Class Record of 2:06.63, Eichenberger shaved six seconds off of her previous best time to win her heat, finish fifth in the 26-runner top section of the 800-meter distance and move into third on the program's top-10 list. Mosby, who used a time of 2:08.58 to climb into the fourth on the all-time list, deleted three seconds from her previous time to finish 15th in that race.
BREMSER RESETS OWN STEEPLECHASE MARK
In her first race of the outdoor season, Jen Bremser broke her own Academy record in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational. Finishing in a time of 10:42.18, Bremser cut four seconds from the previous Academy standard that she first set at last year's Drake Relays. Her time also subtracted 10 seconds off of the program's Senior Class Record that had stood since 2004.
OTHER RECORD BOOK IMPROVEMENTS
Matt Bell became just the 10th Air Force runner to break the 30-minute mark in the 10,000-meter run, as he clocked a time of 29:51.16 at the Stanford Invitational. In addition to improving his time in that race by over three minutes, Bell clocked the eighth fastest time in Academy history. Zach Perkins also debuted in the men's all-time standings at that meet, recording the 10th-fastest 1500-meter time in program history (3:46.09). On the women's side, Melissa Fuerst set a new Senior Class Record in the 1500-meter run, as she clocked a time of 4:29.56 to break Elissa Ballas' 2003 record by one second.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons remain at the Academy next weekend, as they host New Mexico and Northern Colorado in a triangular meet at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. The three-team meet will be held on Friday, April 12, beginning at 2 p.m.